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Lake-Sumter State College: Increasing the Bottom Line with Starfish Solutions

Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC) was established in 1962 for students in Florida’s Lake and Sumter Counties. It has since grown into a three-campus institution serving over 7,500 students in over 30 degree, certificate and diploma programs.

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Wofford College: How to Best Implement Starfish Solutions to Achieve Retention Goals

Wofford College had three strategic motivations for implementing a retention software in Spring 2015. They had just launched a First-Year Experience course that required early alert technology, was going through a strategic visioning process that looked beyond graduation rates to the quality of a student’s experience, and a Quality Enhancement Plan that required a student success team to be built.

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Wofford College: Reaping the Benefits of Using a Centralized Student Success Solution

Wofford College, established in 1854, is an independent liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, SC. Wofford serves over 1,500 students and boasts one of the highest freshman retention rates among the nation’s liberal arts colleges. At the center of their success is Wofford’s promise that every college employee, regardless of their job or title, puts student success first.

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Dutchess Community College: Tracking Student Success Trends with Starfish

Dutchess CC is one of 30 community colleges within the State University of New York system. DCC serves a wide range of more than 9,000 students, some of who were at the top of their class, and some of who struggled through school. DCC offers the lowest tuition per semester in the state of New York, and is wholly committed to student success.

Syracuse University: Collaborating with Starfish to Increase Accessibility for Disabled Students

Syracuse’s varied services not only accommodate individuals with disabilities, but also recognize their potential to excel in both educational and career opportunities. “Accessibility and inclusion are part of the fiber of Syracuse University, and that must carry through to the information and communication technology that we provide to all campus constituents,” said Samuel Scozzafava, VP for Information Technology and CIO.

UMass Lowell: Generating Campus Buy-In

Prior to implementing Starfish solutions in 2012, UMass Lowell had only limited communication systems to achieve student success. After discovering Starfish at a conference in 2011, UMass Lowell introduced and implemented the solution in Fall 2012. Early adopters quickly discovered it could automate their attendance tracking while reducing the potential for errors.

Syracuse University: Building a University-Wide Student Success Culture

Syracuse University is a private research university in the heart of New York State, offering a choice of more than 200 majors for 15,000 undergraduates and 7,000 graduate students. The university boasts high graduation and retention rates, including a 69% 4-year graduation rate and 80% 6-year graduation rate for the 2008 student cohort.

SUNY Brockport: Tips and Tricks to Successfully Integrate Starfish Solutions Into Campus Culture

Brockport set out to use Starfish solutions in 2017 with the goal of establishing a culture in which students instinctively reach out for assistance and get it quickly and easily in order to achieve the university’s student success goals.

SUNY Brockport: Establishing a “One-stop Support Shop” With Starfish Solutions

With more than 8,000 students, Brockport describes itself as one of the most engaged campuses in the country, due in large part to their focus on student success.

Western Connecticut State University: Using Intersect to Grow Out-of-State Enrollment

Learn how Western Connecticut State University uses Intersect to increase out-of-state enrollment.

UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing: Using Starfish to Nourish Student Success

In order to spark more student-faculty relationships and provide a more collaborative environment for student success, UT Health San Antoniovimplemented Starfish solutions in Fall 2016.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology: Leveraging Technology to Increase Student Success

With a large population of at-risk students, instructional administration at Lake Washington Institute of Technology saw a need to develop a more intuitive framework for faculty to build more intentional relationships with students.

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The University of Toledo: Customizing Interventions to Improve Student Success for At-Risk Students

Through intentional design of attributes, cohorts, and tracking items, the University of Toledo has re-engineered its process and communication workflows using Starfish’s case management framework, Starfish Connect.

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The University of Toledo: How to Increase First-Year Student Retention with Starfish Early Alert

To help success coaches manage multiple students, keep track of documentation, and proactively communicate with students about a potential problem, UT implemented Starfish.

Ramapo College of New Jersey: Faculty and Staff Adoption of Starfish Solutions

Prior to 2012, Ramapo struggled with a large disconnect between students and staff, which often led to fewer students succeeding in their academics.

Ramapo College of New Jersey: A Culture of Student Success

Ramapo began a shift in 2010 to create a culture of student success by utilizing Starfish technology. “The effort began with the idea that student success is far more than a singular initiative or the job responsibility of one individual – it is a culture that must permeate a campus in the name of improving the student experience,” said Chris Romano, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey: Focus on At-Risk Students

Almost 50% of Ramapo’s student population are commuter students, while transfers from community colleges continue to increase — two populations that are often associated with lower engagement and retention rates.

Oro Grande School District: Encouraging Students to Take Ownership Over Their Future

Oro Grande implemented Naviance in Fall 2014 in order to provide equity of access to all and to help their students identify and pursue their goals after graduation.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey: Establishing Campuswide Buy-In

The college serves 6,000 students,and is driven by its mission to provide students a strong foundation for a lifetime of achievement.

Wartburg College: Focus on Finding Best-Fit Students

Learn how Wartburg College used ActiveMatch to identify targets for travel and attract students who are a good academic match and fit.

Carroll Community College: Increasing Retention When Faced with Declining Student Populations

Carroll Community College chose Starfish to be their partner in implementation and aid student success efforts.

University of Tampa: Increasing Institutional Awareness Through High School Visits

Learn how the University of Tampa doubled their presence at school visits and college fairs through RepVisits.

Westfield State University: Increasing Student Support through Seamless Implementation

Westfield State University is a four-year public university in Westfield, Massachusetts. Founded in 1839, Westfield State University was the first public college in America without barrier to race, gender, or economic class. Today, Westfield serves over 5,000 undergraduate students, 91% of which receive some type of financial aid assistance.

School District of Philadelphia: Implementing Naviance to Help Students Achieve Post-Secondary Goals

The School District of Philadelphia: Implementing Naviance to Help Students Achieve Post-Secondary Goals

Tempe Union: Increasing Student and Parent Access to Achieve Post-Secondary Goals

Tempe Union High School District: Increasing Student and Parent Access to Achieve Post-Secondary Goals

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Mt. Diablo Unified School District: Increasing College and Career Readiness Access

Mt. Diablo Unified School District: Increasing College and Career Readiness Access for Underserved Students and Meeting State A-G Requirements

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Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township: Increase Graduation Rates by 25% in Four Years

Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township: Increase Graduation Rates by 25% in Four Years with Daily Advisory Period and Naviance

University of Montana: Establishing a Holistic View of Student Success

The University of Montana uses Starfish to help students connect with the right resources to stay focused on achieving their ultimate goal of graduation

Fostering a Foundation for First-Year Success: UCCS

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs team used Starfish to drive in-person advising

Dedication to College and Career Readiness Leads to District-Wide Naviance Access

After making college and career readiness their top priority, Aptos High School staff and administrators decided to implement Naviance. By working with their Naviance consultant, Aptos had counselors trained, data in place, and provided teachers access by the first day of the school year. Their main goals included assisting seniors in their college research and planning, and allowing freshman immediate access to Naviance to receive its benefits throughout all four years. By January of 2017, Aptos High School had all grade levels accessing Naviance regularly, exceeding their goals for the entire school year.

Berkley School District: Increasing Access to Various Student Pathways

In order to support their mission of supporting “every learner in the quest to realize his or her full potential,” Berkley SD decided to use Naviance to streamline their college and career readiness initiatives.

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Eugene School District: Initiating College and Career Readiness Technology in Middle Schools

After a successful pilot program, Eugene School District extended Naviance to their other schools in order to create a cohesive college and career readiness plan across the district.

Guttman Community College Supports Guided Pathway Program With Starfish

Guttman Community College, the newest community college in the City University of New York (CUNY), offers an equity-driven, highimpact, guided pathways learning experience to best support its diverse, urban student population.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Increases Faculty Engagement In Student Success With Starfish

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) is one of the 16 technical and community colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System, supporting more than 41,500 students across multiple campuses and regional centers in the Green Bay, WI area. NWTC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College—a national designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps.

Cheshire Academy: Making CCR a Competitive Advantage in the Private School Market

Cheshire Academy is a private college-preparatory school in New Haven, Connecticut. With fewer than 500 students enrolled, Cheshire Academy prides itself on its focus and dedication to student success in all aspects of life.

Lynn University Increases Awareness and Connections to Right Fit Students

Lynn University began working with Hobsons five years ago as part of a new initiative to address increasing enrollment goals and find innovative ways to reach students. They knew it was important to get in front of students who are in Naviance researching college options.

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