University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduates. This land-grant institution has three missions: teaching, research, and service. In 2011, UNL set a goal to increase its six-year graduation rate from 64.2 percent to 70 percent by 2017.

To retain students and help them complete their education, UNL administrators wanted to transform the university’s advising culture and needed a central advising system to lead this transformation.

Starfish by Hobsons went live in 2012, helping UNL increase accountability for advising services, collaborate across colleges, and increase its graduation rate. UNL saw gaps in its services and filled them by creating strategic advising centers and advising programs for specific student cohorts identified through the Starfish platform.

Since implementing Starfish, UNL’s six-year graduation rate is the highest in the institution’s history at 67 percent. Retention of undeclared students increased from 86.4 percent to 89.1 percent, and advising appointments increased more than 262 percent.

Download our UNL case study to learn more about UNL’s success with Starfish.

“Our campus has found the Success Plan feature as a crucial tool to help retain students and improve their academic planning toward graduation,” said Heather Reed, Director, First-Year Experience and Transition Programs.

Using Starfish to improve the advising culture has helped UNL retain and graduate students, improve the student experience, and increase overall collaboration across campus.

As a result of its success, UNL was named a Starfish 360 Award winner in 2015. To hear more from UNL about how Starfish has amplified its student success efforts, register for our webinar on March 24, 2016, at 2 p.m. ET.

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