We believe every student should be able to finish what they start.

No two students are alike, but all of them face challenges as they navigate their higher education experiences. Fortunately, you have people and systems in place to help them. But to move the needle, you must accelerate, automate and optimize your student retention strategies.
There is no time to waste.

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Over 10 years ago, Starfish set the standard for student success technology with early alerts. We’ve continued to lead the industry, raising the bar to include enhanced case management tools, predictive analytics, student support integration and academic planning. We know that the best way to improve your students’ experience is to start with a strategic plan outlining key institutional goals and metrics. We are also committed to expanding our product offering to include tools for career exploration and degree planning allowing students to create an adaptive academic plan that not only works for all students but also adjusts as their circumstances change.

The Starfish Enterprise Success Platform helps nearly 500 colleges and universities - more than all other organizations in the industry - scale their student success efforts so more students can achieve their academic and life goals. By helping higher education institutions leverage reliable data to pinpoint areas of concern and opportunity within courses and student populations, as well as institutional programs and services, Starfish connects these findings to action by identifying at-risk students, connecting students with valuable resources, and building career and academic plans to achieve student goals with the least momentum lost.

Trevor Rehm

We want to help students stay focused on achieving their ultimate goal of graduation. Starfish gives them the ability to connect with the correct resources to do just that.

Trevor Rehm
System Administrator, University of Montana
Strategic Approaches

Let us help! We listen carefully to all your stakeholders in order to make sure we meet your specific needs. Starfish consultants can assess your institutional readiness for change, catalyze important conversations, identify your strengths, configure your system, train your champions, and measure the impact of your current student success landscape so you can plan for the future.

Student Engagement

Research shows students are more likely to succeed if they are connected to an informed, connected campus community. Starfish can not only alert students when they’ve gone off-track, but can also show them the steps they need to take – and the resources you’ve already put in place – to maintain their momentum towards completion.

Case Management

Your faculty, advisors, counselors, coaches, and other practitioners are already doing so much to help so many. Starfish provides data and tools so they can work smarter, not harder. We can show them how to look for patterns of need, identify concerns, communicate with each other, reach out to the students, and close the loop when issues are resolved.

Academic Planning

Even strong students can take a wrong turn, especially if they’re unclear on their goal and the path they’ll need to get there. With Starfish, students can explore career options and build smart degree plans that are attainable, visible, adjustable… and customized to fit a student’s specific schedule.

Predictive Analytics

Starfish uses your own historic data to build predictive models that can point you towards student populations with higher risk, so you know how to focus your limited resources. It’s not a “black box” - we’ll show you what happens under the hood. The process takes weeks, not years, and we will help you every step of the way.

A Vibrant Community

Our community of active Starfish users includes higher education professionals from more than 450 colleges, universities, and state systems. They’re eager to share their experiences and collaborate on best practices, and we nurture those networks with ongoing training, Webinars, regional Student Success Summits, and an annual conference, Hobsons Summer Institute.