Education Press Coverage

A New Partnership Tackles College Students’ Housing And Food Insecurities

Hobsons is teaming up with Temple University’s Hope Center for College, Community and Justice to study and battle the growing problems of food and housing insecurity among college students. The partnership was announced July 30, 2019 under the banner Starfish Project Hope, reflecting the combination of Hobsons’ Starfish Enterprise Success module with the research and action agenda of the Hope Center.

Data Analytics and Student Advising: Creating a Culture Shift on Campus

Campus Technology asks Kalpana (Kal) Srinivas, the university's director for retention, in Academic Affairs, how Syracuse streamlined the process of advising across all schools and colleges, and why understanding campus culture was central to her team's change management strategy.

Vaughn College Faculty and Staff Enthusiastically Adopt Starfish

After one semester of integration of the Starfish retention module at Vaughn College, faculty and staff have expressed an appreciation for the tool in great numbers. The integrated technology platform helps students to succeed by facilitating engagement with an informed, connected campus community.

Thrive Global Feature: 5 Leadership Lessons with Kate Cassino

Hobsons' CEO Kate Cassino recently shared her 5 Leadership Lessons with Thrive Global. See how Kate's leadership expertise has further positioned Hobsons as the leading education technology company.

The Pulse: Howard Bell on Starfish

This month's episode of the Pulse podcast features an interview with Howard Bell of Hobsons about Starfish Enterprise Success Platform, the company's student success platform.

Starfish Enterprise Platform Adds View into Community Data

A new capability in the company's Starfish Enterprise Success Platform will allow Starfish users to browse interventions from other colleges or universities, helping generate new ideas for their own student success efforts.

Report: 7 recommendations for student success with credentials

“Identifying Predictors of Credential Completion Among Beginning Community College Students”, a report published by Hobsons and ACE (second in a four-part series) examines how high school students fare when they enroll in community college directly after high school and what can be done to remove the student success barriers for this specific demographic.

Muñoz Pours His Heart Into Service

Rio Hondo College uses technology to strengthen the school’s holistic approach to equity.

Hobsons’ Predictive Analytics Integration: From the PAR Framework to Holistic Tools

VP for Research Ellen Wagner talks about how Hobsons' integration of predictive analytics, including the PAR Framework, has provided the education sector with tools to approach a myriad of issues more holistically — from college and career planning, to recruitment and student matching, to admissions, advising, and student success.

Starfish platform supports advising, retention

Hobsons has launched Starfish 6, the latest release of the Starfish student success platform. The Starfish platform is used by innovative colleges and universities across the country and globally to scale student success programs so that more students can achieve their academic and life goals. The platform identifies students who need intervention and encouragement, pinpoints areas of concern, connects students with valuable services, and helps assess which services and interventions will keep students on track.

Rowan retains more freshmen than ever

For fall 2015, the retention rate for regularly admitted Rowan freshmen topped 91 percent. A widely watched metric, the freshmen retention rate speaks to many factors including student satisfaction, the cost of education, and their readiness for college.

Calif Community Colleges introduce new Academic Advising and Planning Platform

California community college students across the state will now get help in planning their educational path through college. Beginning this fall 2015 term, the California Community College system will introduce new technology for students to identify academic goals, develop customized plans for success and choose the best courses for their education.

AASA, Hobsons Team To Improve Access to Community Colleges

The School Superintendents Association (AASA) and Hobsons, a provider of student advising and admissions systems, have teamed up on an initiative that aims to help school districts and community colleges increase the number of students attending and graduating from community college.

A national recognition program honoring student success

Three Starfish Retention Solutions clients received recognition awards for their student success programs.

Six Things We Learned At South By Southwest EDU

The NPR Ed team is back from Austin, where we connected with hundreds of educators and people excited about education at the annual South By Southwest Edu Conference. As with many conferences, there's just as much to be gained from conversations in the hallways and chance encounters as from the official sessions. Here's what we learned from both.

​Hobsons Acquires Starfish Retention Solutions for College Student Support

Cincinnati, OH-based Hobsons acquired Arlington, VA-based Starfish Retention Solutions for an undisclosed amount. Hobson is the provider of Naviance, which provides college career planning, including a way for students to predict which colleges they’ll get into based on scores and previous attendees.

Two Greater Washington ed-tech companies join forces

Arlington-based education technology company Hobsons has acquired D.C.-based ed tech startup Starfish Retention Solutions for an undisclosed sum.

Hobsons Acquires Arlington’s Starfish Solutions

Arlington-based edtech startup Starfish Retention Solutions was acquired by Hobsons Monday for an undisclosed amount. Starfish, a D.C. venture backed startup, will join one of the fastest growing edtech companies in the U.S. as the leading provider of student advising systems for higher education institutions.

Starfish Retention Solutions bought by Hobsons

Hobsons on Monday announced the acquisition of Starfish Retention Solutions, a leading student advising systems provider in the higher ed space.

Completing the Student Life Cycle

Student success company Hobsons on Monday acquired Starfish Retention Solutions, bringing both companies closer to the goal of building college and career planning tools that track students as they move through elementary school, high school, college and beyond.

6 solutions helping institutions bolster student success

Getting students in the door is only half the battle, and arguably the easiest part. Making sure they cross the finish line is another challenge — and just as important when it comes to ratings that measure an institution's worth, like those offered by U.S. News and under consideration by the Obama administration. Fortunately, a number of solutions are now on the market, ranging from standalone services to tools connected to familiar platforms

EdTech Digest Awards Program 2014 - Finalists and Winners

For so many reasons, the education technology space is moving forward with great momentum and robust spirit. A confluence of factors — the right time, technology and people — has made for a superlative year. With top talent and quality in so many corners, it wasn’t an easy selection process, but we are shining a spotlight on some of the best and brightest tools, leaders and trendsetters pushing forward today’s education revolution for the benefit of future generations.

Many College Students Finish Studies in Different States

For one thing, students want to make sure the time and effort they put into their studies at one college will count toward their work at their new school. If individuals enroll in another institution without this information, they could find themselves spending more time and money on completing their studies, Hobsons' Director of Student Success Strategy told Fox Business.

The Role of Technology in an Outcomes-Based Funding Environment

The University of Tennessee, Martin has a strategy in place to comply with a statewide outcomes-based funding mandate. Their initial work, completed during the 3-year "hold harmless" implementation window, was done in response to the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010, which rewards institutions for outcomes related to retention, progression, and student success.

U. of Tennessee at Martin Encourages Helicopter Parents to Hover

Some parents want to continue parenting even after their kids go to college. Helicopter parents, as they are called, try to remain as involved as possible in the lives of their collegiate offspring, despite admonitions against coddling them into a state of arrested development.

Helicopter parents find their helipad

The new tool is an online portal designed for parents who want to be kept abreast of their child’s day-to-day progress, both in and out of the classroom. It’s similar to the portal already used by students, myUTMartin Portal.

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