Academic Alert/Starfish

WHAT IS ACADEMIC ALERT?


Academic Alert is an “early alert” student retention initiative at Georgia Military College. Instructors will be able to raise concerns, offer praise, or refer students to academic support resources by raising “flags” if there is a concern or send “kudos” to students who are performing well in their courses.

Flags and kudos can be manually raised at any point during the term and/or through Progress Surveys during weeks two and four of the quarter.

Once a flag is raised, the student receives an email explaining the flag and includes the instructor’s comments. An Academic Success Coach also receives an email notification about the flag and then reaches out to the student in order to offer support services.

WHAT IS STARFISH?


The Starfish Enterprise Success Platform is a suite of academic advising tools that will integrate with Colleague, our Student Information System (SIS), that manages student data for admissions, billing, financial aid, course scheduling, and transcripts and Moodle, our Learning Management System, that manages course grade books.

Students, Instructors, Advisors, Success Coaches, Tutors, and support staff will all use Starfish to plan, monitor, communicate, refer, and encourage successful progress toward degree completion.

Starfish has additional features, such as online appointment calendaring and a communication networking system to connect students with the support they need.

WHY IS GMC USING STARFISH?


In an effort to standardize its Academic Success services, GMC has selected Starfish as its early alert and intervention software system. Starfish is expected to:

  • Enhance communication between Instructors, Advisors, Success Coaches, Tutors, and other support staff
  • Ensure students receive the help they need in a timely manner
  • Make campus resources more accessible to students
  • Allow instructors to quickly provide feedback to students and help connect them with services
  • Increase course completion rates
  • Increase graduation rates

STARFISH RESOURCES


STUDENT GETTING STARTED GUIDE (PDF)
FACULTY/STAFF GETTING STARTED GUIDE (PDF)
STARFISH FLAG DESCRIPTIONS (PDF)

STARFISH FAQs (PDF)

Getting Started with Starfish - Student Profile Setup (VIDEO)

Getting Started with Starfish - Faculty/Staff Profile Setup (VIDEO)

How to Complete a Progress Survey

How to Manually Raise and Clear Flags