“We quickly learned that Starfish gives us the ability to identify at-risk students earlier and prioritize outreach based on the severity of the concern,” said Joseph Connell, Assistant Vice President of Student Success.

Approximately 50% of Ramapo students are commuters, which gave a new focus on inclusivity and retention for that population. A "success network" group of faculty, advisors, and peer facilitors work to provide academic guidance and help students navigate college life. Other highlights from Ramapo's efforts include:

  • 70% of the college's transfer students begin working with a Ramapo transfer advisor prior to leaving their community college
  • 84% one-year retention rate for transfer students
  • 8% increase in one-year retention rate for transfer students from 2013-2018

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