Education White Papers

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.

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.

Talking about Race, Class, and College Access (2016)

In July of 2015, Hobsons hosted a small convening of admissions and enrollment management leaders in partnership with the American Council on Education (ACE), to discuss college access and success for underrepresented minority and low-income students. What emerged was a rich and robust discussion on the challenges, successes, and promising practices that will allow education professionals to meet mission-critical diversity goals and advance equity in postsecondary education.

Individual Learning Plans: Improving Student Performance

In recent years, schools, districts, and states have increasingly relied on Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) to ensure that students gain the skills necessary to succeed in college and the workforce. Also known as Academic Achievement Plans, Personal Graduation Plans, and Four-Year Plans, ILPs are personalized, goal-oriented programs designed to help students focus on their academic and career futures.

The 2015 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College & University Admissions Directors

Increasingly, higher education institutions in America are rethinking their admissions and recruiting practices to draw students who will be a good fit with their institutional culture. This study, part of a series of surveys of key campus leaders by Inside Higher Ed and Gallup, explores important questions about higher education admissions and recruiting policies and procedures as perceived by those grappling with key issues.

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.

Starfish and Key Retention Research

“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.

Gallup Report: State of America’s Schools

Gallup Education has compiled a report of their recent findings regarding teacher and student engagement, the foundations and predictors of student success, and the path towards creating strength-based schools.

First Generation Students: Status Quo is not Enough

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.

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.

The State of Higher Education 2014: Focus on Four-Year Institutions

Executives at four-year public and private institutions of higher education face an ever-increasing set of challenges, of which the most pressing are the changing student landscape, uncertain financial times, and shifting accountability goalposts. As a result, higher education executives are searching for ways to address these challenges while maintaining or even improving student access and success.

Development, Validation, and Impact of the Naviance College & Career Readiness Curriculum

The Naviance College and Career Readiness Curriculum was created to help students achieve their aspirations. This report outlines the mission and development of the Naviance Curriculum, plus describes the outcomes for students who took Curriculum lessons.

Digital Record Keeping for Student Community Service

This report examines school service program needs and pain points and how to simplify administration by moving data online.

Roadtrip Nation Impact Study

This report describes the background, methods, and findings of an evaluation of Roadtrip Nation's high school program, the Roadtrip Nation Experience.

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