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What is Starfish?

Starfish is an early alert platform that supports student success by facilitating communication and connection between faculty, students, advisors and support services. For questions or concerns, email

Starfish Overview

Starfish is a retention technology tool that was launched at Weber State University in the Fall of 2017. The purpose and goal of the tool is to enhance the way we work across campus to help students by: 

  • Facilitating communication and connection between instructors, students, advisors, and support services
  • Providing a streamlined means for faculty to give feedback to students on course performance and/or attendance through Progress Surveys
  • Helping us prioritize and coordinate outreach for students; especially our most vulnerable students 
  • Keeping students informed of their own progress and achievements and prompting them to action if needed
  • Connect students to campus resources



20-21 School Year Program Results- How does Starfish support retention and persistence initiatives at WSU?

Check out our 20-21 Program Results to see what we were able to accomplish with the efforts of our amazing faculty and staff! 

New Features 

User Interface Update
The Starfish user interface has been updated to make the site more responsive for mobile devices. The biggest change users will see is in the Starfish Profile sections (Starfish Profile, Appointment Preferences, and Notifications). 

Best Practices - 4 Tips for using Starfish Flags & Kudos for Faculty

New Progress Survey Design - Check out the new Progress Survey features for better accessibility and design. More information can be found here

The 2019-20 academic year - progress surveys include all undergraduate courses in addition to developmental math and English and ESL courses. While the scope of progress surveys has increased, based on faculty feedback, we are limiting the administration of the survey to once a semester. Faculty will still have the option to raise manual flags at any time during the semester. 



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