College & Career Readiness (K-12)
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Education Case Studies
The first year of college has emerged as a critical barrier to college retention. In fact, nearly one in eight students who start college in any fall term transfer to a different institution by the following fall.
Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) is a two-year career and technical education institution within the Texas State University System, serving over 7,300 students, around 52% of which are part-time and 52.3% who identify as a minority. LIT is dedicated to providing career and technical skills training that help transform lives and drive economic vitality in the surrounding communities.
With 24 campuses, 100,000 students, and 17,000 faculty and staff , the sheer scale of PSU is striking. 275 baccalaureate degree programs are offered to some 80,000 undergraduate students. As a core principle, Penn State allows and encourages student movement, both from campus to campus and from major to major.
Faced with a declining enrollment and many at-risk students, including 50% of all freshmen students needing remedial coursework in math, NWACC needed a way to closely track students in an eff ort to increase retention and student success. Since implementation in 2011, Starfish has been a key element in NWACC’s student retention efforts.
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is a public research university in Boca Raton, Florida, with five satellite campuses in nearby cities. Ten distinguished colleges make up the university, which offers more than 170 degree programs. Since undertaking an effort to raise its academic and research standards, FAU’s enrollment has grown to more than 30,000 students.
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.
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’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.
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 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.
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.
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.