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CCC Education Planning InitiativeBuilding on lessons learned from the piloting effort, the California Community Colleges (CCC) Education Planning Initiative (EPI) is now focused on a statewide rollout of the Hobsons Starfish Enterprise Success Platform.

With project support from the CCC Technology Center, implementation is currently underway for 13 colleges, representing eight districts from across the state. These colleges include:

  • City College of San Francisco
  • Contra Costa Community College District (CCD) (Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College, Los Medanos College)
  • El Camino College
  • San Bernardino CCD (Crafton Hills College, San Bernardino Valley College)
  • Santa Barbara City College (implementing Early Alert and Connect only)
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • State Center CCD (Fresno City College, Reedley College, Clovis Community College)
  • Victor Valley College

As of this writing, over 90 percent of the pilot colleges are a quarter through the implementation process. The implementation tasks include Assessment and Planning, Data Integration, System Configuration and Program Configuration. Additionally, the implementation process is progressing at a faster rate than other similar implementations.

Phase 2 Readiness Survey

Recently, EPI, via the Technology Center, began Phase 2 of its statewide rollout of the Hobsons Starfish platform.

As part of the rollout, a readiness survey was conducted of all interested colleges. Included in the survey were questions regarding the length of time of implementation for existing education planning tools.

EPI Readiness Survey: Implementation Time Frame ResultsAccording to the survey, 40 percent of the 112 respondents spent 15 to 18 months implementing their existing education planning tool. In contrast, the average length of implementation for the Hobsons Starfish Enterprise Success Platform is 12 months.

Why EPI?

The primary mission of the EPI is to promote the implementation of an education planning tool to assist under-resourced counseling. With a ratio of only one counselor to every 1,800 students, counselors are hard-pressed to make a dent in the success rates of students. The sheer numbers of students mean that it is very difficult for counselors to provide personal guidance with many students.

Utilizing the Hobsons Starfish Enterprise Success Platform, EPI will allow students to make headway on preliminary goals and planning before seeing a counselor, thus maximizing the brief time they have together modifying and optimizing the education plan with the student. This will also help counselors identify and monitor the progress of at-risk students, focusing efforts on those that are most likely to need help.

The Hobsons Starfish Enterprise Success Platform is a web-based, mobile-friendly, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that is used by counseling faculty, instructional faculty, staff and students. It comprises three key functional areas:

  • Degree Planner for developing and maintaining step-by-step academic plans;
  • Early Alert for student monitoring and planning
  • Connect for online appointments and case management

CCC Tech Center Support

The CCC Technology Center is currently providing project support for startup and implementation process as well as ongoing support including:

  • User community support and help desk
  • Professional development support
  • Marketing support
  • Vendor administration
  • CCC-specific statewide work groups

For more information on the implementation process for the Hobsons Starfish Enterprise Success Platform, please visit The Resource Media page, under the Resource Kit tab, contains an article describing the implementation process as well as a short video providing a high-level overview. In addition, visit the website as other Education Planning resources will continue to be uploaded.

David Quintanilla is a project team member of
the California Community Colleges Education Planning Initiative