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Learn about best practices from Naviance users, read customer success stories, and discover new ways to extend the reach of your college and career readiness efforts from a wide-variety of third-party experts.

A Snapshot on the Use of Individual Learning Plans in the US [Infographic]

By Emily Goebel, Communications Manager, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Education Policy & Advocacy, Naviance Network, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

Across the country schools and districts are recognizing the value of individualized learning plans (ILPs) as a way to bring greater coherence, focus, and purpose to the decisions students make about their education and life goals.

Six Ways to Make College More Affordable

By Stephen M. Smith, President, Advising and Admissions, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Education Policy & Advocacy, Naviance Network

A college diploma is no longer a luxury. By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the U.S. will require a postsecondary education. Sadly, rising college costs create the perception—and reality—that for many, college is beyond reach. Today, just over 43 million borrowers owe more than $1.2 trillion in student loans, with an average balance of $29,000—outpacing credit card debt and second only to mortgage debt.

Broward County Public Schools Aims to Remove Barriers to Postsecondary Opportunities

By Nicole Howard, Content Development Specialist, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Naviance Network

Every year, millions of students who may qualify for federal aid to pay for college through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) fail to apply for it. Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), the second-largest school district in the state of Florida and the sixth-largest public school system in the United States, is tackling the challenges that prevent students from completing the free application. In recognition of its efforts, BCPS was recently selected to participate in the Third White House Convening on Strengthening School Counseling and College Advising at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

Bridging the Gap Between K-12 and Community College

By Stephen M. Smith, President, Advising and Admissions, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Education Policy & Advocacy, Naviance Summer Institute, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

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Community college serves as an important bridge between K-12 and higher education, as well as an important driver for workforce readiness and economic growth. However, despite these important roles community colleges play, we seldom talk about how to improve that transition between K-12 and community college to ensure more successful outcomes.

Funny, Your Individualized Learning Plan Looks Just Like Mine.

By Dan Obregon, Vice President, Marketing & User Experience, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Naviance Network, Student Engagement

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Individualized learning is all the rage. As schools and districts adopt new technology to support students in the classroom, many are doing so in the hopes of being able to deliver on the promise of differentiated instruction, and states have jumped on the bandwagon as well.

Moving Students Forward at the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township

By Craig Heldman, Chief Executive Officer, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Education Policy & Advocacy, Naviance Network, News & Events

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We have a unique tradition at Hobsons of bringing our employees together every year for an annual meeting during which we collaborate with one another, reflect on our progress and celebrate our success in moving Hobsons, our clients, and most importantly, our students, forward.

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