“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.
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.
“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?
This report empirically explores student- and institutional-level factors that influence the likelihood of upward transfer for students who enroll in community college directly after high school. It also offers strategies for high school educators, college faculty and staff, and state and federal policymakers to consider in order to increase upward transfer rates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking to implement a campus-wide initiative? Learn the four strategic areas to best focus your efforts.
Eight years ago administrators laying plans for Guttman Community College in New York City set a goal: This school would not be like so many other community colleges with low completion rates. Guttman would make getting students to graduation a primary mission.
This research brief is the third in a series of four that explore outcomes for recent high school graduates who begin their postsecondary education in a community college. This study examined the impact of earning an associate degree prior to transfer on the probability of earning a bachelor’s degree.
While dual enrollment fills a similar student success niche in both higher and K–12 education, the administrative perspectives of these two entities do not always align. This article highlights the groups’ similarities and differences in perspective and proposes implications for practice.