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Center for Student Success

Starfish Early Alert and Connect


EARLY ALERT:

The Center for Student Success  would like to introduce Starfish, an Early Alert software program that is used for identifying undergraduate students who need assistance from academic support services at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  Starfish offers convenient early warning identification capabilities and connects students to a collaborative "Success Network" of professors, professional advisors, GPS Tutors, professional academic tutors, supplemental instruction leaders, and other campus support programs to address students' needs and inquiries. 

CONNECT:

Starfish provides a convenient way for students to communicate with faculty and professional academic advisors. Students can schedule appointments with instructors and advising support staff as well as search through available campus resources.  Faculty and professional academic advisor can follow students through their TAMUK careers, record notes, schedule appointments, access basic student information, and communicate with those on campus who are involved with their students.  

How to access Starfish

Starfish is accessible through JNet and selecting the Starfish Button within the Campus Quick Links under the Campus Resource tab.  Starfish is also accessible through Blackboard and selecting the Starfish Button within the Blackboard's Tools section.

Students: Schedule an appointment with your Advisor

1.       Log onto JNET.
2.      
Click on the tab Campus Resources.
3.      
Go to Campus Quick Links.
4.      
Select the Starfish tab at the bottom of the list.
5.      
Select My Success Network.
6.      
Look for your academic advisor
7.      
Select Make appointment.
8.      
Find availability and take it from there.
9.      
See you at your next advisor appointment.

Faculty: Complete a Progress Survey

S.T.A.R. EARLY ALERT is an early warning and student tracking module that collects information and manages concerns about student performance in a central portal to facilitate communication and action across units in a student’s success network.

Starfish is an important tool for student success because it:

  • Provides an efficient way for faculty to update students on their academic performance. 
  • Links students to academic resources. 
  • Provides advisors with timely information. 
  • "Nudges" students in academic difficulty to take action. 
  • "Cheers" students who are excelling in a course.  

 

STAR - How to Complete a Faculty Progress Survey (Tutorial Only)

View YouTube tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyE6_RbpLgk&t=40s

Faculty: How to Track Attendance

Faculty can utilize the attendance tracking feature in Starfish to keep electronic record of student attendance for easier referencing later.

How to track attendance

View YouTube tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO2QlFPVT8U&index=1&list=PLrISg2rzQL5bIWqr07FVdPbOZ_Gir_HCx

Staff & Faculty: Creating Office Hours

To Edit/Delete Office Hours: You can remove office hours by canceling either the whole series, or just the hours for a specific day. If you hover over the icon for the office hours on your calendar page, there should be a cancel option on the "card" that pops up.  If you want to block off a part of a set of Office hours (for example you need to prevent scheduling from 1 - 2 on a specific day where you have office hours, you can use the "reserve time" to make that time unavailable for that day.

Instructional Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw3zDwAXmuA&list=PLrISg2rzQL5bIWqr07FVdPbOZ_Gir_HCx&index=2