NSI 2015 Product Forum: Connecting Learning to Life from Start to Finish
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NSI 2015 Product Forum: Connecting Learning to Life from Start to Finish

This year's product forum at Naviance Summer Institute highlighted our commitment to bridging the divide between college eligibility and college readiness. As part of our commitment at this year's Clinton Global Initiative, we are partnering with AASA to foster a dialogue between K-12 administrators and community college presidents to help students transition from high school to a post-secondary environment.

Over the course of the year, we’ve invested heavily in enabling students to connect the dots and ease the transition from one stage of their education journey to the next, whether that means preparing to move from middle school to high school or graduating high school and attending a post-secondary institution. The Naviance Curriculum, for example, which helps students to develop critical college and career knowledge, was introduced at last year’s product forum.

This year, we announced Naviance Test Prep, our new game-based learning platform that will help students in middle and high school prepare for high stakes college prep exams and master content. The new solution features ACT, SAT, and AP content from leading publishers, as well as content for ACT Aspire™, which furthers our commitment to early college planning and readiness.

During the forum, we also highlighted key areas in which we’re helping school administrators operate more efficiently and help students make better decisions. One example is the Naviance Course Planner enhancements we introduced in May 2015, which allow for easier review and approval of course plans.

We know it’s never too early to help students explore their options. That’s why this fall we will begin field testing Naviance for Elementary Schools, a new solution designed from the ground up to provide early exposure to college and career exploration to students in K-5. Backed by research, the solution will enable school counselors to deliver a base level of understanding about college and career planning using age-appropriate content and interactive lessons.

Naviance was originally built to help middle and high school students plan for college, but we know their journey does not end once they are enrolled.

For that reason, we announced two new offerings built to enhance the first year experience for college students. First, we have partnered with Human eSources to deliver College Scope, a new curriculum built around the AchieveWORKS assessments that is intended for first-year college students. Second, we will offer Naviance Advantage, a solution for Chinese students that will help them get acclimated to studying in the U.S.

Finally, earlier in the year, Hobsons announced the acquisition of Starfish Retention Solutions, an enterprise student success platform for colleges and universities. Through Starfish, more than 250 institutions are able to identify students that are at-risk and deliver appropriate interventions based on data.

Over the next several months, we will be evaluating the opportunity to deliver Starfish's early alerts and advising functionality to K-12 schools and districts we serve.

For a complete summary of the NSI 2015 conference, read our daily recap blogs: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.

Naviance Summer Institute 2015 Product Forum from Naviance

Dan Obregon

Dan Obregon

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