Complete College America announces recipients of 2017 Seal of Approval

Complete College America (CCA) has announced the recipients of the organization’s 2017 Seal of Approval. The award, established in 2016, recognizes software tools that most effectively promote college completion and student success through alignment with CCA’s Game Changer strategies. This year’s winners are EAB Navigate and Starfish by Hobsons.

"It's a competitive process," said Melanie Gottlieb, AACRAO Deputy Director. "Our goal is to recognize technology products that provide strong support to the goals of the Purpose First initiative."

Award recipients are selected by CCA’s Seal of Approval Advisory Board – a blue-ribbon panel of top technologists and higher education leaders from AACRAO, NACADA, Educause, CCA, and a representative array of institutions.

Software that supports completion

The award recognizes software solutions that support timely pathways to completion and the use of informed choice and proactive advising. Both recipients met the standards established by the board, a defined set of best practices as well as a robust evaluation of effective implementations and aspirational standards.

EAB Navigate enables colleges to achieve critical goals of the Guided Pathways model with a single, comprehensive platform. Through the platform, students have access to guided onboarding to clarify paths, end goals and smart academic planning to help choose and enter a pathway; advisors benefit from 360-degree advisor dashboards to help students stay on path; and senior leaders can make data-driven decisions based on actionable administrator views to ensure all student succeed.  EAB Navigate empowers students to make informed choices with proactive advising support when needed - a balance that historically has been difficult to achieve. This is the second year in a row that EAB has won this prestigious award.

Starfish by Hobsons helps institution scale student success, support and retention initiatives to enable students to engage more effectively with the campus community and achieve their academic goals.  Starfish offers solutions to support the CCA completion agenda through early alerts and student tracking, online appointment scheduling and case management, personalized degree-based roadmaps to graduation and analytics reporting and predictive modeling.

“We know that far too many college students wander aimlessly through their academic experience, racking up excess credits and semesters, taking on additional student loan debt, and ultimately graduating late, if at all,” said CCA president Tom Sugar.  “The Seal of Approval seeks to recognize those software providers that are tackling these challenges head on, providing structural changes, new systems and the use of behavioral economics to put students on a path to graduation.”

The award recipients will be recognized as part of Complete College America’s 2017 Annual Convening in New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 30th. 

For more information, review the solicitation for applications for the 2017 Seal of Approval.