Ottawa University Selects Starfish by Hobsons as Exclusive Student Success Platform

Ottawa University Selects Starfish by Hobsons as Exclusive Student Success Platform

ARLINGTON, Va. – Feb. 27, 2020 – Hobsons, the education technology leader and company behind Starfish, today announced that Ottawa University has chosen to partner with Starfish to increase the retention and graduation rates of its student population. The Starfish solution will support more than 4,000 students served by Ottawa University’s on-campus and fully online programs.

“Ottawa University continuously shows its deep commitment to student success and achievement. We are excited to help OU further achieve its strategic goals,” said Howard Bell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Starfish. “We are eager to begin working with OU to help provide the data, analytics and insight that we believe will contribute to increased graduation rates and overall student success.”

Ottawa University is currently implementing its “Beyond 2020” strategic planning initiative, which outlines the school’s key strategic imperatives through 2023, including strengthening academic quality and student outcomes, improving internal operations and productivity, and further demonstrating the impact of Ottawa University on the faith and spiritual life of its students. University leaders believe the partnership with Starfish will strengthen Ottawa University’s ability to achieve these goals.

“One of our Hallmarks of Distinction is to tailor the educational experience to the individual needs of each student in order to increase student success and retention, and graduate students who pursue lives of significance,” said Dr. Julie McAdoo, Director of Student Services & Academic Advising for the university’s Online, International, Professional & Graduate Studies unit. “Starfish will provide a University-wide technology platform that will enable faculty and staff to focus support, guidance, and encouragement to students in a timely and meaningful way. Also, because we have fully online students, working adults attending evening courses, and two residential campuses, the phased implementation plan will work well for our organization.“

Starfish is the most widely adopted student success solutions technology in country, with over 4.5 million active students across 500 institutions and systems. The platform offers an integrated, comprehensive, student-centered success solution for college and university students.

About Ottawa University

Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and opening inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution, serving more than 4,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix and Queen Creek, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; and online. Visit for more information.  

About Hobsons

A leader in education technology, Hobsons helps more than 15 million 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. Learn more at

About Starfish

The Starfish Enterprise Success Platform helps nearly 500 colleges and universities – more than all other organizations in the industry – scale their student success efforts so more students can achieve their academic and life goals. By helping higher education institutions leverage reliable data to pinpoint areas of concern and opportunity within courses and student populations, as well as institutional programs and services, Starfish connects these findings to action by identifying at-risk students, connecting students with valuable resources, and building career and academic plans to achieve student goals with the least momentum lost. To learn more about Starfish, visit

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