Starfish Retention Solutions Celebrates the Successes of Academic Advisors by Launching ‘Share Your Starfish Story’ Program

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Program invites academic advisors to join an online forum to share a story of how a student has achieved success as a result of the advisor’s actions and support

Starfish Retention Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of student success systems, announced today the launch of a new online program to celebrate the successes of academic advisors everywhere who have touched the life of a student. The program invites academic advisors to join an online forum to post their own story as well as to read the stories of their colleagues around the world. The forum is directly accessible from the company’s Web site at

Specifically, academic advisors are encouraged to share a story about a student who stands out in their minds. The student who, with the help of an advisor, decided not to drop out of school. Or the student who overcame challenges to find success.

“Each day, academic advisors selflessly help students achieve their goals or overcome challenges. As we all know, this work often goes without much recognition,” said Heidi Fischer, assistant director of academic advising at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. “The online forum is a great opportunity for the advising community to celebrate the successes of our students. It's inspiring to read the stories shared by my peers at other institutions – they are proof that there's a community of advisors with the same goal: student development and student success.”

The company gets its name from the popular story “The Star Thrower,” in which a child teaches the value of saving one starfish at time. As such, the company has dedicated itself to supporting the efforts of academic advisors and others within the academic community who make a difference in the lives of students, one student at a time. The program is focused on highlighting a “Starfish Story” of an advisor who has supported the success of a student. The program is open to advisors at any institution, regardless of whether the institution is a user of the Starfish software systems.

Starfish offers a collection of two software systems that work together to support the efforts of academic advisors as they help students overcome challenges. Starfish EARLY ALERT™ is an early-warning and student-tracking system that makes it possible for instructors, advisors, and academic staff to identify at-risk students in real time. Starfish CONNECT™, an education support networking and case-management system, helps students access a personalized contact list of instructors, advisors, and counselors who are dedicated to helping them succeed. Together, the systems generate valuable performance and resource utilization data for the institution, which helps optimize future service offerings.

“At Starfish, we believe in the power of the work of academic advisors,” said David Yaskin, CEO and founder of Starfish Retention Solutions. “We work with advisors and counselors at more than 85 institutions, and are always impressed with both the professionalism of their work and the impact that they have on a personal level for each student. We are excited to capture the stories that we hear every day, in a way that can inspire the rest of the community. We encourage advisors and counselors to join us, regardless of whether their institution uses our solutions, to spread the value of what academic advising means to the students who benefit from the help and guidance of their advisors.”

About Starfish Retention Solutions
Starfish Retention Solutions is a leading provider of student success systems. The company offers a collection of software solutions that harness the power of the campus community in order to engage, motivate, and graduate more students — securing valuable tuition revenue through student retention. Specifically, the solutions help institutions identify at-risk students in real time, based on their daily course work performance and faculty concerns, and then connect them to the 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


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