Drake State has adopted Starfish Early Alert as its new early warning system tool. Starfish, part of the college's retention initiative, aims to identify at-risk students as quickly as possible and promptly direct them to the support services that can help them succeed. This process is supported by Starfish Retention Solutions and is accessible through a Blackboard module. Starfish provides faculty, academic advisors, tutors, and program directors with a convenient way to follow and support students.
Faculty can raise “flags” when a concerning pattern of behavior is observed, allowing advisors and other support services to intervene. Certain students might have academic performance or attendance issues, while others may be showing signs of emotional distress. Starfish gives us an efficient way to communicate those concerns to the people who can help, while respecting FERPA and our institution's policies on the privacy of student information.
Increased communication between instructors and support staff is a proven strategy for increasing student success and retention. The partnership and participation of all campus faculty and staff will ensure that each student enrolled at our institution has the best possible chance to succeed.
A Starfish module is located under the MyInstitution tab in Blackboard. Note: The Starfish module may not appear in the exact location in Blackboard as the graphic below.
To view or edit your Starfish profile, choose Profile.
To access your student list, choose Starfish Home.
Faculty Getting Started with Starfish Guide 2 (PDF)
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