Harper College is a two-year community college in Illinois serving nearly 35,000 students annually. The College launched the Project Success program as a two-year pilot beginning in the fall 2011. A primary component of the program was the use of the Starfish platform to identify at-risk students as early as possible and connect them with support resources on campus.
“While Harper College supports pilot projects in many areas to determine effective ways of achieving strategic goals, some of the piloted initiatives prove helpful and many do not,” said Judith Marwick, Ed.D., provost for the College. “The Starfish pilot was implemented as a statistically designed experimental model to determine if the intervention using the Starfish software made a significant difference in student retention and success. After a two-year pilot implementation period we found that the answer was a resounding yes.” They shared their Starfish story in April 2014.