Recognizing the Best of the Best

The Starfish 360 Awards Program is designed to recognize the valuable work being accomplished by the Starfish community in the areas of student success and retention.

At Starfish, we pride ourselves on the power of our community. The work that our clients are doing every day to make a difference in the lives of students is measurable and real. Through the Starfish 360 Awards Program, we seek to shine a spotlight on this great work, enable others to learn from best practices, and celebrate professional accomplishments.

These awards symbolize the innovation that is possible when an institution combines people, process, and technology to make a difference in student success and retention.

Who Can Participate?

The Starfish 360 Awards Program is open to individuals and teams who are employed by an institution that currently has a license to the Starfish software (e.g., Starfish EARLY ALERT, Starfish CONNECT, Starfish ADVISING, Starfish INSIGHT). While past Award Winners are not eligible to participate again, Rising Star winners and/or Finalists are eligible and encouraged to participate. For a list of Award Winners, Rising Stars, and Finalists from the 2013 program, click here.

Award Prizes

Award Winners: A total of three institutions will be recognized as Award Winners. Each winning institution will receive a $1,000 stipend to be used towards supporting a current student success program.

Rising Star Winners: As many as three institutions may be recognized as Rising Star Winners. To be considered a Rising Star, the institution will have been using the Starfish platform to support students for approximately one year at the date of submission (e.g., since "go-live" date). Each Rising Star winning institution will receive a $500 stipend to be used towards a supporting a current student success program.

Finalists: Based on the number and quality of responses, other institutions may be designated as Finalists. Finalists will not receive a monetary award.

Award Announcements and Recognition

Award Winners and Rising Star Winners of the Starfish 360 Awards Program will be recognized in the following ways: a press release, email communication to the Starfish community, inclusion in the quarterly Starfish newsletter, a presence on the Starfish Web site, and an opportunity present to the Starfish community and those interested in joining the Starfish community. Finalists will receive a presence on the Starfish Web site.

Submission Deadlines

The application deadline has now passed. Submissions received on or prior to August 1, 2014 will be considered.

Contact Information

Starfish Retention Solutions
Attn: Starfish 360 Awards
1400 Key Blvd., Suite 1050
Arlington, VA 22209 USA
Phone: +1.703.260.1185

Starfish 360 Awards Judges

Each submission will be first reviewed by a panel of Starfish staff members to confirm that the submission meets all requirements. From there, a panel of independent judges will evaluate submissions and determine the winners.

Submissions and Evaluation

Submissions must be written in English and submitted on the official application form. The submission should be clear and concise so that the information can be readily reviewed by the judges in a timely manner and so that each application can be judged fairly and effectively. Each submission will be judged and scored according to a numerical format.