Education White Papers

Expanding the Definition of College and Career Readiness White Paper

This white paper examines the need to expand the definition of college and career readiness beyond the basics. Learn about the research behind the six CCLR Framework competencies as well as implementation strategies and tips on expanding CCR in schools and districts.

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.

Gartner Report: The Future of Student Experience is Personal

Campus CIOs are forecasting that a personalized, integrated and coherent student experience will become a key differentiator for higher education institutions.

Ramapo College of New Jersey and Starfish: Creating a Culture of Student Success

Ramapo’s use of Starfish has evolved from a student success office initiative and tool to an institution-wide student success strategy.

College, Career and Life Readiness (CCLR) Framework Booklet

The research-backed CCLR Framework outlines six competencies that students in grades 6-12 must achieve to become college, career and life ready. Each competency outlines themes and objectives as well as grade-specific activities. Educators can use this practical toolkit to create a comprehensive, research-backed CCLR scope and sequence for any size school or district.

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Identify and Share the Interventions That Work for Your Campus: SSMx Datasheet

"The Student Success Matrix is helping to engage our institutions to support culture change and get the conversation going.”

Improving Post-Traditional Student Success

Learn more about the unique challenges of the post-traditional student journey and how to better serve them at your institution.

Ladder of Hope: 5 ways to expand CCR to meet the needs of underserved students

This paper outlines the ways schools, districts, and other supportive adults can help students to gain and maintain hope for their future and to understand how to transform their goals and aspirations into an actionable future.

Admissions Counselor Travel Toolkit

How to conquer the admissions travel season and life on the road

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.

Prioritizing the Future: Superintendent Perspectives on the State of College and Career Readiness

This research brief is based on the results of a national survey conducted in partnership with AASA. The survey reveals what school districts across the country are doing to help students identify, research, and reach their goals after high school.

2017 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Admissions Directors

Hobsons is pleased to once again be a sponsor for the Inside Higher Ed survey of college and university admissions leaders. In this survey report, released in September of 2017, admissions leaders noted a number of concerns. Download the report to see what your colleagues in admissions across the U.S. have identified as trends to watch in 2017-2018.

2016 Road Warriors Survey Report: To Lunch or Not to Lunch?

Hobsons recently surveyed 224 admissions counselors to get their perspective of life on the road. Road warriors from all over the country provided their insights on high school visits, lunch room visits, interactions with high school counselors and students, as well as travel habits throughout the season. Admissions professionals also provided advice for school counselors who host visits on their campus.

Identifying Predictors of Credential Completion Among Beginning Community College Students

This research brief is the second in a series of four, exploring outcomes for recent high school graduates who begin their postsecondary education in a community college using data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002.

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.

First-Source Focus: Why It Won’t Help You Move the Needle on Enrollment

There are multiple models that can be used to evaluate the usefulness of different sources for prospective students. The traditional focus for most admissions operations has been on First Touch or Last Touch. Today, thanks to the power of new technology, innovative admissions offices are also able to evaluate Multi-Touch measures as students progress through the admissions funnel.

Improving the Odds: An Empirical Look at the Factors That Influence Upward Transfer

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.

Talking about race, class, and college access

Talking about Race, Class, and College Access (2017)

With an emphasis on racial diversity, the findings in this report bring forward some of the strategies being used in a variety of institutional settings to advance higher education access.

Dual Enrollment in the Context of Strategic Enrollment Management

The goals of this survey were to capture a current snapshot of dual enrollment (DE) course and program practices at institutions in the United States and determine if and how DE plays a role in the strategic enrollment management efforts of the institution.

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.

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.

Individual Learning Plans for College and Career Readiness: State Policies & School-Based Practices

An extension of the report, Individual Learning Plans: Improving Student Performance released in 2015, is this reseach to practice brief to be used as a resource to complement the report.

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.

4 Components of Effective Student Success Initiatives

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

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?

Supporting LCAP with Naviance in California

Hobsons helps districts and schools achieve the goals outlined in their annual LCAP plan. In this white paper, learn about the Naviance features that will enable your school or district to support and align specifically with the California LCAP requirements, setting your students up for a lifetime of success.

Fact Sheet: California Students, Naviance, and the LCAP

From student course management planning to achieving proficiency in six essential college preparedness skills, Naviance by Hobsons not only helps California students prepare for their futures, but also aids California administrators in tackling their yearly LCAP plan submissions. Here’s 11 unique ways everybody wins.

Six Meaningful Steps to Becoming a Student Engagement Super Hero

Learn how to become a student engagement superhero by leaping over functional boundaries, dismantling data silos, investing in a student success platform, and more.

Performance Funding, Learner Analytics and Outcomes

Demands for accountability are pushing states toward performance based funding models. Scorecards used for evaluating impact, efficacy and ROI do not capture the records of all students participating in the accredited opportunities afforded by American colleges and universities. This white paper explores the reemergence of performance based funding and looks ahead to opportunities where learner analytics may provide insight and nuance to address the needs of all students.

Predicting Transfer Student Success

PAR Framework, Inc., has released results of a comparative study between the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and the University of Hawaii System that validates community college completion metrics as predictors of future success when transferring into a 4-year program.

How To Choose The Right Service Tracking Application

If you’re experiencing the frustration that comes with tracking service hours manually, you’re not alone. Whether you are using Google Docs, carbon copies or email to keep track of your students’ service hours, we understand the challenges that come with having an inefficient paper process. Now that you’re interested in a digital process and started researching your options, we encourage you to have an open dialogue with the resources you find. Ask lots of questions and share the specifics about your service program with the platform provider to see if they are a good fit for your school’s needs.

The 2016 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Presidents

Inside Higher Ed’s sixth annual Survey of College and University Presidents aims to understand how these leaders perceive and address the challenges facing postsecondary institutions in the United States.

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.

Expanded Pathways for Access and Success: K-12 and Community College Students

This report summarizes a convening of leaders from AASA (The Superintendents Association), American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and Hobsons, who met to share success stories and strategies that can help accelerate the creation of effective K-12-to-college pathways—whether that college experience includes technical school or trade certifications or a two- or four-year college or university.

How to Increase Student Engagement at Your School

To connect learning to life and stay in school, students need to be engaged with their education through three separate dimensions of student life: academically, socially, and emotionally. In this white paper, we lay out many different strategies to engaging all of your students through these three parts of their high school 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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