Plano ISD partners with Hobsons to simplify college admissions

Lauren Williams's picture
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How do you advance college and career readiness at one of the highest performing school districts in Texas? Eliminate unnecessary obstacles from the college admissions process by centralizing administrative systems to improve operational efficiency, and provide tools that empower students to design their own paths to post-secondary success. Hobsons announced today that Plano Independent School District (PISD) has selected Naviance, the world’s most widely adopted college and career readiness platform, to create a simplified college-going framework that facilitates communication between counselors, students, and parents while supporting college and career exploration.

“The success of our school district is inextricably linked to the success of our graduates,” said Patty Meyer, associate superintendent for campus services at Plano ISD. “Our administrative team and school board are thrilled to acquire a resource that will help students along the path to college and career readiness, while helping us track their progress. We look forward to further assessing and validating Plano ISD’s benchmarks for our students and graduates.”

One goal for Plano ISD was to improve course selection and registration to ensure students were not only meeting graduation requirements, but also increasing academic rigor. Naviance Course Planner, an extension of Naviance that allows students to design their own multi-year course plans, will help Plano’s counselors to set post-secondary goals aligned with interests of each student, and then create a comprehensive course of action that connects those same personalized goals to their post-secondary plans.

Once students have charted a course for success, Naviance will help Plano ISD streamline the college application and admissions process with Naviance eDocs. Naviance eDocs will allow Plano ISD to electronically submit high school transcripts, recommendations, and supplemental documents securely to more than 1,800 colleges and universities, reducing the amount of time and costs associated with the college application process.

The true measure of the effectiveness of a district’s college and career readiness efforts is how well schools are preparing students to succeed in college. As such, Plano will also deploy Naviance Alumni Tracker, an integrated solution providing access to data from the National Student Clearinghouse®, to monitor student progress from college enrollment through completion. By tracking the outcomes of their graduates, Plano will use Alumni Tracker to identify opportunities for process improvement, advancing their college-going culture for future generations of Plano students.

About Hobsons

Hobsons helps educators, administrators, students, and families maximize success through every stage of the learning lifecycle. Hobsons’ personalized learning, academic planning, post-secondary enrollment, and student support solutions serve millions of students across more than 7,500 schools, colleges, and universities worldwide.