Ramapo College wins 2016 Education Advances Award at annual Hobsons University user conference

ARLINGTON, Va. – July 27, 2016 – Today, Ramapo College in New Jersey is being recognized by Hobsons, a leading provider of college readiness, admissions, and advising solutions, for its accomplishments in increasing student retention and establishing a campus-wide “success network.” The college will be named the Admissions and Student Success winner of the 2016 Hobsons Education Advances Awards during the annual Hobsons University user conference.

Ramapo College, which has achieved an 88 percent retention rate and 61 percent four-year graduation rate in recent years, is using Starfish by Hobsons to connect college staff and faculty across the campus to encourage student success, ensuring that both at-risk students and those on track receive the supports they need.

“The success at Ramapo College reflects the importance of strong campus culture, and the thoughtful application of technology to advance institutional strategy,” said Stephen M. Smith, President of Advising and Admissions Solutions at Hobsons. “We are proud to support Ramapo College in its work to expand postsecondary opportunities for all students, and applaud the tireless work of the administration, staff, and faculty.”   

Two years ago, the college tapped Hobsons technology to replace its paper-and-pencil early alert system with a comprehensive early alert plan that has increased communication between the college and at-risk students, enabling advisors and faculty to support struggling students in real-time. For example, since the fall 2014 semester, the percentage of academic warning first-year students meeting with their advisors regularly each semester has increased from less than 20 to 62 percent.

Today, Ramapo College is on track to reach its goal of a 90 percent retention rate and 75 percent six-year graduation rate.

The Education Advances Awards program is designed to recognize the innovation that is possible when a school combines people, process, and technology to make a difference in the lives of students.  

The college will be awarded a cash prize, which will go toward funding additional student data analyst positions. Ramapo joins Flagstaff High School of Flagstaff, Arizona, which was announced at the Naviance Summer Institute on July 21, as this year’s Education Advances winners.

Finalists Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the University of Missouri will also be recognized for their outstanding work in supporting student success.

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Hobsons helps students identify their strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, match to best-fit educational opportunities, and reach their education and life goals. Through our solutions, we enable thousands of educational institutions to improve college and career planning, admissions and enrollment management, and student success and advising for millions of students around the globe. Hobsons works with more than 12,000 schools, colleges, and universities and serves more than 13 million students.  


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