Starfish Retention Solutions Expands Reach With Slate of New Higher Education Partners

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Leading Provider of Enterprise-Level Student Success Solutions Impacting More Than 500,000 Students

We are using Starfish to replace our previous early warning system, to improve communication among faculty and staff on retention issues, and to replace outdated tracking and appointment systems in our campus advising center.

Starfish Retention Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise-level student success systems, today announced that the number of higher education institutions licensing its innovative solutions saw record growth in the first five months of 2011. As a result, the Starfish system, composed of Starfish EARLY ALERT™ and Starfish CONNECT™, is supporting the success of more than 500,000 students.

Public and private institutions of all types and sizes in the United States and around the world are increasingly focused on college completion. Budget pressures, whether internal or based on evolving state funding formulas, are a key driver for colleges and universities to streamline their efforts to get students to the finish line. At the same time, institutions want to make use of the wealth of data already in their IT systems, including student information and learning management systems, to advance their student success initiatives while limiting the work required by faculty.

In response, software solutions such as Starfish are helping institutions accelerate their efforts to identify at-risk students at the earliest sign that something is wrong and then track their efforts to intervene and provide support.

“We are excited about the possibilities that Starfish will offer us at the University of Illinois at Springfield,” said Dr. Karen Moranski, associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education at the University of Illinois at Springfield. “We are using Starfish to replace our previous early warning system, to improve communication among faculty and staff on retention issues, and to replace outdated tracking and appointment systems in our campus advising center. Rolling all these services into one system will provide us greater efficiencies and the ability to help more students faster.”

More than a dozen institutions have recently licensed the Starfish systems, including:

Two- and Four-Year Public Institutions:

  •     Davidson County Community College (N.C.)
  •     Harper College (Ill.)
  •     Northern Arizona University – Extended Learning (Ariz.)
  •     Texas A&M University Texarkana (Texas)
  •     University of Illinois at Springfield (Ill.)

Private Colleges and Universities:

  •     Immaculata University (Pa.)
  •     Jefferson College of Health Sciences (Va.)
  •     Mount Sinai School of Medicine (N.Y.)
  •     The University of Findlay (Ohio)

International Institutions:

  •     Seneca College Kings Campus (Canada)
  •     Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
  •     Victoria University (Australia)

“Our goals at Starfish are straightforward but have far-reaching impact. We support the efforts of academic institutions to help students achieve their educational objectives, whether they include obtaining a bachelor’s degree, earning a certificate, or learning a new job skill,” said David Yaskin, CEO and founder of Starfish Retention Solutions. “It is humbling to think that, every day, hundreds of thousands of students are able to access campus services through the Starfish system and, as a result, overcome a challenge that might have otherwise derailed their academic plans.”

Accessible with a single login to an institution’s student information system, portal system or learning management system, Starfish is a collection of two software systems. 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.

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 http://www.starfishsolutions.com.

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