Starfish Recognizes Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Leeward Community College, and Worcester State University as Starfish 360 Award Rising Star Winners

Innovative Institutions Rewarded for Impressive Student Success and Retention Programs

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The Starfish 360 Rising Star recipients are terrific examples of what visionary institutional leadership, committed people, and intuitive technology can do to make a difference in the lives of students.

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) March 27, 2014

Starfish Retention Solutions, Inc., a leading student success company, is pleased to recognize Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Leeward Community College, and Worcester State University as the Rising Stars of the Starfish 360 Awards Program™. The program is designed to recognize institutions in the Starfish client community that have helped students in particularly innovative and impactful ways.

The Rising Star designation is given to institutions that have used the Starfish platform for approximately one year at the time of award submission and have made considerable progress in their adoption of technology to support their student success programs.

The distinguished panel of independent judges included Catherine Andersen, Ph.D., institute advisor and fellow with The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and the former chief enrollment and marketing officer for Gallaudet University; Linda Baer, Ph.D., senior program consultant for i4Solutions and the former interim vice president for academic affairs at Minnesota State University, Mankato; and Sandra Whalen, interim director of the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE).

Starfish 360 Rising Star Winners:

  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College: Since implementing the Starfish platform in the spring of 2013, 83 percent of instructors in the pilot program chose to participate in the first midterm Progress Survey. By 2015, CSTCC hopes to use the Starfish platform to improve completion rates in the academic foundations courses for students needing remediation, TRIO-SSS and athletic programs, and to increase both the first-to-second year retention rate and the graduation rate. Learn more.
  • Leeward Community College: To align with the University of Hawai`i’s Strategic Plan, Leeward Community College created the Maka`ala (“with eyes wide open”) initiative in 2011. Since the Starfish platform became part of Maka`ala in 2013, the number of students referred to campus services has doubled, and the number of faculty making referrals increased by 74.7 percent. Leeward Community College has also seen improvements in the total number of degrees and certificates awarded and in the median GPA of first-time degree-seeking students. Learn more.
  • Worcester State University: Since implementing the Starfish platform, the number of students deemed “not in good standing” decreased from 5.6 percent in the fall of 2011 to 4.6 percent in the spring of 2013. Worcester State University has also partnered with Noel-Levitz to identify student risk factors via non-cognitive indicators, and in the fall of 2013, first-year students were evaluated against this model and offered targeted interventions through the Starfish platform. Learn more.

Award winners and Rising Star recipients each received cash prizes to support the ongoing development of their student success programs. More information about the Starfish 360 Award Program and a list of the 2013 Award Winners, Rising Stars, and Finalists can be found on the company’s Web site.

“The Starfish 360 Rising Star recipients are terrific examples of what visionary institutional leadership, committed people, and intuitive technology can do to make a difference in the lives of students,” said David Yaskin, CEO of Starfish Retention Solutions. “We continue to be inspired by our clients’ success stories, and we’re proud that the Starfish platform is helping them achieve amazing outcomes.”

Webinar Invitation: The three Rising Star winners will be sharing an overview of their student success programs on Thursday, April 15, at 3 p.m. ET. Learn more and register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/687727438.

About Starfish Retention Solutions
Starfish Retention Solutions is a leading provider of student success systems. The Starfish Enterprise Success Platform™ consists of four software modules that collectively harness the power of the campus community in order to help students finish what they start. Specifically, the modules help institutions identify at-risk students in real time based on their daily coursework performance and faculty concerns and then connect the students to resources designed to help (e.g., advising or tutoring), all while assessing which services and interventions are working. For more information, please call 703.260.1186 or visit http://www.starfishsolutions.com.