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Starfish News & Reminders Fall 2018

The Starfish technology is now available to all instructors, academic support staff and students for the fall semester.

Starfish is an early-alert system that allows UNCG to take a more holistic approach to student success. Starfish allows instructors, advisors, and other staff members to track student progress and remain in the loop about their shared students. Users can log into Starfish at starfish.uncg.edu.

Updates, Reminders, & Training Opportunities

  •         NEW Communication Plan for flagged students: Students who are issued academic flags and/or kudos via Starfish will now receive email communication addressed from their course instructors. This change was implemented as a result of consistent feedback received from faculty and instructors at UNCG. This update to email communication will further personalize the correspondence that students receive and enhance engagement with their course instructors. Instructors may reference the Starfish for Faculty & Instructors webpage to see sample email templates. Previously, these emails were addressed from the Students First Office.
  •         Starfish Referrals: Starfish offers instructors and academic support staff several referral options for directing students to helpful campus resources. Raising a referral will simultaneously alert the student to take action and notify the service provider of the referral. New referral options are available this fall for the Students First Office (SFO) and International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS).
  •         Starfish Training for Faculty and Staff: Starfish 101 workshops are available throughout the semester to help new users learn how to navigate basic Starfish features. Workshop details and sign-ups can be accessed at workshops.uncg.edu.

New to Starfish? Here is some information on how UNCG currently uses this technology.

Instructors and faculty use Starfish to:

  •         Raise alert flags for your students with academic and personal concerns so that they can connect with the resources and people that may help them
  •         Give kudos to students who are performing well or showing improvement
  •         Issue referrals to connect students to campus resources that may help them
  •         Complete Academic Status Reports throughout the semester to flag many students at once. Instructors will receive email alerts on the following dates: September 3 & September 25
  •         Post office-hour availability and manage student meetings

Advisors & academic support staff use Starfish to:

  •         Stay in the loop on which advisees have been flagged for academic concerns and provide additional support
  •         Issue referrals to connect students to campus resources
  •         Post appointment availability and manage advising appointments
  •         Maintain appointment notes and outcomes
  •         Clear flags as concerns resolve

Students use Starfish to:

  •         Keep track of the feedback they get from their instructors
  •         Schedule appointments with their instructors and advisors who use Starfish for online scheduling

Instructors, staff, and students may refer to the Starfish website for more information about Starfish. Technical support requests can be emailed to starfish@uncg.edu.