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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.

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.

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The Right Tools to Support Holistic Student Success

As institutions invest in the success of their students, it’s no wonder there is increasing focus on approaching the issue holistically. The Starfish Enterprise Success Platform can help institutions scale their ability to support every student’s academic journey.

4 Components of Effective Student Success Initiatives

Looking to implement a campus-wide initiative? Learn the four strategic areas to best focus your efforts.

Toolkit: Increasing Student Success in Community Colleges

Garner best practices, tips and insights on how to increase student success at the community college level from institutions similar to your own.

Changing Face of the Community College

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.

The Impact of Earning an Associate Degree Prior to Transfer on Bachelor’s Degree Completion

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.

Dual Enrollment from Two Points of View: Higher Education and K–12

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.

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.

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.

Toolkit: Establishing a Holistic Student Success Approach at Four-Year Public Institutions

Implementing a comprehensive student success solution across all offices, departments and schools on campus helps to connect the many silos and simplify efforts that previously might have been unknowingly duplicated. Establishing a holistic approach and achieving faculty engagement are key milestones when working to provide the best student success network to students.

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.