As part of the College’s Title III initiatives to increase student retention and success rates of our students, the Student Success Center implemented the Starfish® Early Alert System in August 2010. The ultimate goal of utilizing this alert system is to identify at-risk students as early as possible in the semester and direct them to appropriate support services such as counseling, tutoring, or advising. Starfish® is an early warning and student tracking system that is utilized in conjunction with Blackboard. Automatic “flags” are raised for students with little or no online activity and for those students who have dropped below 70% according to the instructor’s online grade book. In addition, all instructors can manually “raise a flag” for issues such as: low grade concerns, excessive absences, online skills concerns, behavioral concerns, or personal concerns. Appropriate personnel in the Student Success Center are notified when a “flag” is raised, and the staff member will make every effort to communicate with the student. For questions about Starfish®, please contact the Student Success Center.
To access the Instructor Getting Started Guide for Starfish Early Alert in PDF format, click here.
An automatic "flag" is raised within the Starfish system when a student's grade drops below 70% according to the instructor's Blackboard grade center. Instructors must use the Blackboard grade center and set the external grade column in each of their courses in order for this flag to be raised.
These directions will assist you when setting the external grade column. This process should be completed for each course that you teach.
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