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EAB Acquires Forage

Bridging the gap between college and career

Frequently Asked Questions

What was announced?

EAB has acquired Forage, the leading provider of virtual job simulations for students.

EAB will sell Forage to companies under our talent brand, Seramount, and connect students with Forage job simulations from Navigate360 and Starfish at no charge to schools or students.

Who is EAB?

EAB’s mission is to make education smarter and communities stronger. We work with more than 2,600 institutions to drive transformative change through data-driven insights and best-in-class capabilities. From kindergarten to college to career, EAB partners with leaders and practitioners to accelerate progress and drive results across enrollment, student success, institutional strategy, advancement, and data analytics. We work with each partner differently, tailoring our portfolio of research, technology, and marketing and enrollment solutions to meet the unique needs of every leadership team, as well as the students and employees they serve.

Who is Seramount?

Seramount is a division of EAB that provides talent solutions to 500+ corporations, including half of the Fortune 1,000. Seramount offers pragmatic solutions to HR and DEI leaders, including best practice research, workplace assessment, employee learning and development—and now, with Forage, employer branding and talent sourcing. These solutions help us support the world’s most high-performing and inclusive organizations.

Who is Forage?

Forage provides best-in-class virtual job simulations and career preparation tools to students worldwide. The simulations offer students a real-world look at a wide variety of companies and career paths so they can make more informed choices after college. Forage’s job simulations help companies build brand awareness with students, identify and nurture high-intent applicants, and increase efficiency in the recruiting process.

Forage works with more than 100 companies, including Fortune 500 organizations such as Citibank, Goldman Sachs, KPMG, Lululemon, PepsiCo, and many other leading brands. Forage currently offers more than 350 live simulations, which nearly six million students have engaged with to date.

What are job simulations?

Job simulations are two-to-four-hour online learning programs built and endorsed by leading companies. They contain resources and exercises designed to simulate the real-world experience of starting a career at a specific company and in a specific role. They help students better understand career paths while getting a sense of a company’s culture and employer brand. For example, students can explore product marketing at Lululemon, software engineering roles at Goldman Sachs, and careers in consulting or data science at BCG. The simulations are free and available on demand, and students can take advantage of as many of these programs as they want.

Why is EAB acquiring Forage?

EAB is acquiring Forage to enhance the solutions we provide to Navigate360 and Starfish partners, their students, and our corporate partners.

Navigate360 and Starfish partners will be able to promote Forage’s free virtual job simulations directly on our platforms through links and proactive communications to students. In doing so they can expose their students to job simulations at critical points in the college journey, increasing students’ chances for positive career outcomes post-college.

Building a stronger connection between student success and life success is a strategic priority for EAB. Adding Forage is a significant step forward in this effort—it will help bridge the gap between college and career for millions of students.

What are the benefits to EAB’s Navigate360 and Starfish partners?

We will connect Forage to our Navigate360 and Starfish platforms so students at these partner schools can easily access Forage simulations and career resources. Since students who take Forage job simulations are twice as likely to secure interviews and positions at top companies than those who do not, this connection can help our partners—and their students—improve postgraduation outcomes.

Forage also helps colleges advance inclusivity by enabling students to engage with top companies that may not have recruited at that school previously. Moreover, Forage simulations are free and asynchronous, which makes them accessible to students for whom an internship or other types of exposure to corporate environments are not possible. Nearly 40 percent of US students who use the Forage platform say they are the first in their families to attend college.

How can I learn more?

If you already work with us on student success, your EAB consultant will reach out with more information on how to include Forage simulations in your EAB student success technology. We look forward to working with you to offer free job simulations—with proven advantages to postgraduate success—to your students.

  • If you are interested in partnering with EAB to support student success in school and beyond, you can learn more and contact an EAB expert here.
  • For more information about the transaction, please read the press release.