Starfish and Key Retention Research

“Standing on the shoulders of giants” is a phrase we often use to demonstrate our respect for those whose research in a field has been foundational. While Starfish Retention Solutions is an innovator in student success, you will see that our products are well grounded in the research of this field. We work closely with clients to integrate disparate institutional data into the Starfish platform and provide information that is actionable and meaningful. This white paper explains our approach and the research that informs our decision-making.

First Generation Students: Status Quo is not Enough

Typically first-generation students who pursue college degrees undergo enormous transformations as they negotiate the difficult transition into the culture of academia. In addition to confronting the anxieties, dislocations and difficulties that most college students face, their experiences often involve cultural, social and academic transitions.

Seven Things To Consider: Early Warning and Student Tracking Systems

Student retention has gained greater attention in recent years due to increased scrutiny by legislators, accrediting bodies, the media and the general public. However, while a large body of research is available regarding college student retention, many institutions are still grappling with decisions, including which programs and strategies to implement and how to assess their effectiveness.

UNL’s Academic Advising Transformation: An Outcome Assessment

“Big Ten” research institution, University of Nebraska-Lincoln knew its current advising system and culture needed an overhaul to improve the student experience and increase both graduation and retention rates. Through the implementation of Starfish, UNL identified an institutional priority of increasing its six-year graduation rate to 70% by the year 2017. Want to see how they’re on track to do so?

Deep Dive: Retention Solutions Across the Student Lifecycle

Institutions invest a lot of time and effort reviewing applications and making admissions decisions. Yet the process is often frustrating for students and intense for admissions and IT staff who manage the systems and workflow. Learn why you should build a purposeful digital ecosystem for a best-in-class applications review and decision process.

Dual Credit: A Strategy for Accelerating Educational Readiness, Progress, and Completion

Are you considering offering dual credit opportunities to enhance college and career readiness in your district? Learn how dual credit programs are being deployed at high schools across the country and how school district leadership perceive their value.

Dialogue to Improve Readiness

Hobsons has partnered with AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and AACC, the American Association of Community Colleges, to foster dialogue between school superintendents and community college presidents to discuss and develop strategies to improve college readiness and create a seamless K-14 system to benefit students, parents, and the community.

Digital Engagement: Driving Student Success

Poor retention and completion rates symptomize the challenges colleges and universities face in their attempts to meet the needs and aspirations of diverse student populations. Early models of student attrition identified numerous student factors and characteristics that increase the likelihood a student will not complete college (i.e., at-risk characteristics). Institutions have used this information to develop programs and implement technology to target these specific factors and to mitigate risks.

Student Success Drives Institutional Effectiveness

As post-secondary learners make more informed choices from an increasing number of education options, focusing on their success will be the key driver of institutional effectiveness and prosperity. This paper examines how people interact with higher education today, showing how that relationship will continue to evolve to meet individual and societal needs.

Strategic Enrollment Management: Practical Application of Technology to Drive Student Retention

Student retention has gained greater attention in recent years due to increased scrutiny by legislators, accrediting bodies, the media and the general public. However, while a large body of research is available regarding college student retention, many institutions are still grappling with decisions, including which programs and strategies to implement and how to assess their effectiveness.


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