Starfish Partners with Hope Center to Battle Food and Housing Insecurity

“Starfish Project Hope” Will Help Institutions Identify and Support Students

ARLINGTON, Va. – July 30, 2019 – Hobsons, the education technology leader and company behind Starfish, today announced the creation of Starfish Project Hope, a partnership between Starfish and the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice to support #RealCollege students struggling with food and housing insecurity while also investigating how basic needs insecurity relates to student success.

With the creation of Starfish Project Hope, Starfish, an industry-leading student success platform, is launching a solution to help institutions address higher education’s food and housing security epidemic.

Starfish Project Hope will provide Starfish’s client higher education institutions with tools to better identify and aid students needing additional support. To kick off the partnership, Starfish and the Hope Center are developing an enhanced Starfish Intake Form to help students and institutions identify areas where additional supports could benefit them. The form’s questions will be made publicly available by the Hope Center.

“Starfish aims to support our higher ed clients’ students in reaching 100% completion of their academic goals,” said Howard Bell, General Manager of Starfish. “Educational goals take a backseat when students are unable to support their own basic food and housing needs. We are extremely proud to partner with the Hope Center to give our institutions the ability to identify and support these students in need and help them reach their academic goals.”

All Starfish institutions will be eligible to participate in Starfish Project Hope at no additional cost. Beginning in the Spring of 2020, participating Starfish institutions can use the enhanced Starfish Intake Form, which will include a comprehensive, publicly available set of questions developed by the Hope Center.

“The basic needs insecurity crisis continues to be a major roadblock to student success,” said Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Founding Director of The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice at Temple University in Philadelphia. “We are thrilled to join Starfish on its mission to help colleges support all college students completing their academic journeys. We look forward to using the insights from Starfish Project Hope to better understand and address current and future students’ challenges.”

Student responses to the enhanced Starfish Intake Form will be anonymized and shared with researchers at the Hope Center so they can continue to explore college students’ evolving needs. 

About the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice

The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice is an action research center focused on rethinking and restructuring higher education and social policies, practices, and resources to create opportunities for all students to complete college degrees. Visit for more information.

About Hobsons

A 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 admission, and higher education student success to support millions of students.

About Starfish

The Starfish Enterprise Success Platform helps nearly 500 colleges and universities – more than all other organizations in the industry – 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 career and academic plans to achieve student goals with the least momentum lost. To learn more about Starfish, visit this page.

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