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What is Starfish?

Starfish can be accessed through PAWS. Its main focus is to enhance student success. Faculty and staff can use Starfish to reach out to students who are performing well, and provide support for students who may be struggling in class. Starfish also provides tools to enhance communication between various departments and services.

Starfish and Students

Students will receive feedback from faculty about their academic performance in class including kudos, flags, and referrals. Kudos are meant to congratulate students on positive performance in class. Flags may include warnings about missing assignments, attendance concerns, and grades. Referrals may include a referral to one of the tutoring centers or other academic support areas on campus. Students will have access to support services specific to each class in which they are enrolled and for student affairs. A student may "raise my hand" to ask for assistance in a course, with financial aid, or other student affairs.

Students are invited to update their Starfish profile, including adding a cell phone as an alternate email for receiving text messages.

For more information Starfish, students may contact their academic advisor.

Starfish and Faculty/Staff

Starfish is a communication system which takes a  holistic approach to student success. Faculty can provide positive feedback through kudos or communicate concerns about course performance, especially early in the semester. Faculty and staff can communicate with students and refer them to campus resources for success strategies. For example, if a student failed a quiz, the faculty member can refer the student to one of the tutoring centers to reach out to the student.

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