Starfish Start-Up

By Leslie Park
Director, Student Success Center

Aug. 21, 2017

Earlier this year, Weber State University purchased Hobsons Starfish, a platform to assist with university student success initiatives. This tool helps staff and faculty guide and support students as they pursue their degree.


What Starfish Does

Starfish is a tool intended to improve the way staff and faculty interact across campus to help students be successful by:

  • Facilitating communication between instructors, students, advisors and support services
  • Providing a streamlined means for faculty to give students feedback on course performance and/or attendance through progress surveys
  • Helping Weber State academic and student support advisors understand which students are at risk early in the semester in order to provide coordinated interventions
  • Keeping students informed of their progress and achievements and prompting them to action if needed

Getting Started

During fall semester 2017, we encourage all faculty and staff to update their Starfish profile within the system so students can easily see who they are connected to on campus. We will then pilot two different types of progress surveys:  

  1. The first will be to faculty teaching a Developmental Math, Developmental English or First Year Experience course.  
  2. Later in the semester, we will focus on any faculty member who is teaching student-athletes or international students.  

Want to Get Involved Early?

There have been many eager faculty who have contacted us about wanting to participate during fall semester but may not be included in the pilot with progress surveys. You can still be involved!

Attend a training session to learn how you can be proactive with Starfish and let us know how your students are doing.

Learn More


Throughout the semester, information and step-by-step guides will be added about Starfish and training opportunities. This is a great place to start to learn more details about Starfish and where we are in the implementation process.

Attend an Open Campus Meeting

These meetings will provide information about Starfish and why WSU adopted it as a retention tool. Administrators will be available to address questions and gather feedback about the tool.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Student Union 404
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17, 3-4 p.m., Wildcat Theater
  • Monday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-noon, Wildcat Theater

Attend a Starfish Training

Check the Starfish website and WSU announcements for upcoming trainings. Initial trainings will include how to set up your profile, how to let someone know your concerns (or praises) about a particular student and how the university will follow up on that information.

Do you have questions or comments about this article? Please contact Leslie Park at