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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.

Review of Student Interventions Targeting Low Ongoing GPA

This article examines the peer-reviewed literature on academic probation interventions with college and university students in the United States.

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A Look at Five Key Outcomes in Early Adulthood for Associate Degree Earners

This research brief is the fourth in a series of four exploring early outcomes for recent high school graduates who enroll in community colleges. In this study, the relationships between attaining an associate degree and five outcomes in early adulthood are explored.

[Template] Starfish Student Success Plan

Use our Starfish Student Success Plan Template to help build out your initiatives on campus.

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Starfish Analytics: Bringing Campus Data to Life

Starfish Analytics is a cohesive suite of tools and services designed to transform campus-wide student success using data, analytics and intervention management.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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