Starfish Student Success Summit Brings Together Nearly 100 Higher Education Leaders

The Philadelphia event is the fourth Starfish Student Success Summit hosted by Hobsons

ARLINGTON, VA - May 14, 2018 - Hobsons, the education technology leader, will hold a free Starfish Student Success Summit hosted by Jefferson (Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University) in Philadelphia, Penn today. The summit will bring together more than 85 student success practitioners from community colleges, private institutions, and public universities interested in supporting all stages of their students’ higher education journey.

The summit offers the opportunity for dozens of student success professionals to explore student success trends, discuss recent research, share best practices, and engage in lively discussion about leveraging technology to make data-informed decisions and increase student momentum.

Sessions will cover topics including: the ethical use of student success data, how to engage faculty and students, how to measure student success interventions, and how to connect college to careers.

Multiple leaders in student success will present at the summit, including:

  • Chris Romano, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Affairs and Dr. Jeremy Teigen, Faculty, Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Dhanfu Elston, Vice President of Strategy for Guided Pathways and Purpose First, Complete College America
  • Graham Tracey, Senior Director of Student Success Services, Hobsons
  • Iris Palmer, Senior Policy Analyst, Education Policy Program, New America Foundation
  • Megan Mills, Director of Academic Student Success Center, Jefferson (Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University)
  • Michael Simpson, CEO of PAIRIN
  • Ross Bandics, Professor and Counseling, Northampton Area Community College

“We are proud to offer free student success summits across the country throughout the year,” said Howard Bell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Starfish. “It is our mission to bring higher education leaders together to discuss the best ways to assist students in achieving their academic and career goals.”

The Philadelphia Student Success Summit is the fourth of a series of Hobsons-led events that have taken place across the country. Previous summits have been held at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., Hobsons headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio and Pierce College in Puyallup, Wash.

Hobsons is dedicated to furthering the conversation on student success. Join over 1,000 education leaders at Hobsons Summer Institute 2018, the premier conference that brings together K-12 and higher education leaders to participate in 30+ student success best-practice sessions.

About Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) is a leader in interdisciplinary, professional education. Jefferson, home of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, is now a comprehensive university delivering high-impact education in 160 undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,800 students in health, science, architecture, design, fashion, textiles, business and engineering. The new Jefferson is redefining the higher education value proposition with an approach that is collaborative and active; increasingly global; integrated with industry; focused on research across disciplines to foster innovation and discovery; and technology-enhanced. Student-athletes compete as the Jefferson Rams in the NCAA Division II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

About Starfish by Hobsons

The Starfish Enterprise Success Platform helps hundreds of colleges and universities efficiently scale their student success programs so that more students can achieve their academic and life goals. The Starfish platform  helps higher education institutions identify at-risk students, pinpoint areas of concern, and connect students with valuable services. With Starfish, institutions can leverage reliable, actionable data to assess which services and interventions are working to keep students on track. Starfish was awarded the 2017 Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) Seal of Approval from Complete College America. To learn more, visit

About Hobsons

A global leader in education technology, Hobsons helps students to identify their strengths, explore careers, match to best-fit educational opportunities, create academic plans, and reach their education and life goals. More than 13,000 K-12 and higher education institutions partner with Hobsons and leverage our expertise and our solutions -- Naviance, Intersect, and Starfish -- to improve college and career readiness, college recruiting and admissions, and higher education student success to support millions of students around the world.

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