Starfish by Hobsons Launches New Product Features to Encourage Higher Education Community Collaboration

Intervention Inventory and Libraries Enable Cross-Institution Collaboration to Increase Student Success

PALM DESERT, CA – July 18, 2018 – Hobsons, the education technology leader and company behind Starfish, today announces a series of new features within the Starfish Enterprise Success Platform to assist in breaking down barriers to student achievement. The new features, which include enhanced capabilities within the Student Success Matrix (SSMx), were announced today at Hobsons Summer Institute 2018.

Higher education institutions utilize various interventions and resources to encourage student engagement and break down barriers to student achievement. Hobsons’ Intervention Inventory, known as the Student Success Matrix (SSMx), includes a robust  Intervention Library enabling higher education institutions within the Starfish community to collaborate and share their high-impact practices and strategies.

“Many higher education institutions face similar challenges in addressing the resources available to students,” said Howard Bell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Starfish by Hobsons. “It is our goal to establish a system for collaboration between our growing Starfish community so that best practices can be shared, ultimately breaking down barriers to student achievement.”

Users of the Intervention Inventory within the Starfish Enterprise Success Platform will be able to search student success practices contributed by community members. These programs, interventions and tactics offer insight into how other institutions are assisting specific student demographics or tackling institutional initiatives, such as pell-eligible minority students, or closing the gender gap in stem.

In addition to the hundreds of shared community practices, the Hobsons Intervention Library includes 100 evidence-based, research-validated student success interventions. Each intervention is based on research from a peer-reviewed journal. All interventions are categorized by associated predictors of risk or success and details of the types of students it is designed to support. As part of the Student Success Matrix (SSMx), the Intervention Library enables users to view their interventions along side with the research-validated interventions they may wish to adopt and adapt for their own students with those same predictors of risk or success.

A third of the Starfish community are in attendance at Hobsons Summer Institute 2018. The event furthers Starfish’s mission to encourage collaboration amongst education professionals and institutions. Members in attendance have participated in over 40 sessions led by education experts sharing high impact strategies and practices.

The Starfish Enterprise Success Platform helps more than 450 colleges and universities 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 academic plans to achieve student goals with the least momentum lost.

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About Hobsons

A global 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 around the world.

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