Kudos to the Starfish Education Advances Awards Finalists!

One of my favorite parts of our upcoming Hobsons Summer Institute is honoring the Starfish clients who are pushing the industry to raise the bar for student success, drawing on the strengths of their staff, advisors (counselors), faculty, students, and Starfish solution. This year, we’re honoring Florida Atlantic University, Santa Barbara City College, and SUNY Broome. Here are a few examples of how these institutions positively impacted student retention and classroom performance by increasing faculty and student engagement, and intervention connections on their campuses.

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is a public research university serving the south coast of Florida. FAU implemented Starfish in Fall 2014 to engage students in their student success solution. When they launched, FAU had around 25,000 student records in Starfish. Today, they have increased that number to over 50,000. Prior to implementing Starfish, FAU had a 65.9% retention rate for first-time college students through to their second year. After implementing Starfish as their primary student success tool, they have seen a 14.3% increase, with a retention rate today of 80.2%.

Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) is a comprehensive two-year community college serving the south coast of Santa Barbara County. SBCC implemented Starfish to create an effective and engaging environment for faculty to identify students in need of support. Today, more than 78% of faculty use Starfish to report on student progress (up from 17% on their previous solution). SBCC Counselors report they have better communication with their students, make extensive use of the Starfish early alert flag and kudos functionalities, and now have a comprehensive record of each student.

SUNY Broome is a two-year college within the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Since implementing Starfish in 2014, the college has seen significant improvements in student success. In Fall 2015, 24% of students who received a flag or early alert earned a grade of “C” or better in that course. By Fall 2017, the number earning a passing grade had increased to 44% through the use of interventions. Over the same time period, course failures for alerted students dropped from 28% to 19%. Overall, the university has found that alerted students were retained at higher rates than students who did not receive alerts.

Our finalists are evolving the student experience in excellence. The finalists were selected by an independent panel of judges and represent leaders in the education space.

We will be announcing the winners of our Education Advances Awards July 30th, at the Hobsons Summer Institute. Please help me celebrate all the great work Florida Atlantic University, Santa Barbara City College, and SUNY Broome are doing in higher education.

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