I am thrilled to congratulate the University of Hawaii system (UH), a longtime partner that today has been named a winner in the 2016 WCET WOW awards for its cutting-edge application of data and digital advising tools to improve student retention.

The UH system was a trailblazer in using analytics to help students become more successful. As a founding member of the PAR Framework, UH transformed its decision-making process by using data to surface timely insights to improve policies and direct student services.

PAR Framework’s rigorous approach to using data to inform change has supported institution-wide initiatives at UH that have demonstrated a significant effect on student success. In fact, the leaders at University of Hawaii System institutions saw the benefits of analytics and student success tools early -- and were integrating data between PAR Framework and Starfish by Hobsons even before the two organizations came together under the same roof at Hobsons.

The team at UH are dream partners, aggressive in their pursuit of driving institutional improvements, always offering input into our products and solutions, and willing to engage in big thinking around how to use data to help more students achieve their goals.  

Contributing to its award, UH launched a campaign, 15 to Finish, to improve four-year graduation rates across UH campuses, increasing graduation rates from 36.1 to 59.2 percent. The 15 to Finish campaign has now been implemented in 20 additional states.

Additionally, Honolulu Community College, a member of the UH system, is piloting a program to better support underrepresented students in STEM fields by combining data sources into Starfish Early Alert.

To learn more about the UH system’s 2016 WCET WOW award, read the press release.

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