Point Students in the Right Direction

Research shows that students with strong connections to academic advisors are more likely to complete their educational goals – whatever those goals may be – and more likely to express satisfaction with their experience. It falls to academic advisors to make the connection between a student’s starting point and their aspirations, and it falls to the student to make good choices along the way.

Starfish ADVISING is an academic planning system that makes it possible for your institution to efficiently provide each student with a personalized, step-by-step roadmap to the finish line, even as his or her goals and circumstances change along the way.

Starfish ADVISING is different from other solutions in a number of ways:

  • Easy to Implement. Integration with existing campus systems and straightforward Web Wizard interfaces helps you get Academic Plans up and running quickly.
  • Based on Your Patterns of Success. Administrators can create Academic Plan templates based on best practices, but academic advisors can choose and personalize the plans to reflect specific student situations.
  • Complements Degree Audit Tools. Where Degree Audit systems look backwards to check compliance with requirements, Academic Plans allow students to plan ahead and see the impact of their choices on their academic goals, and helps departments anticipate increased interest in specific programs.

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    Give Students the Path to Success

    If students can’t see their destination, is it any wonder they get lost along the way? Institutions must find an efficient way to involve students in the specific requirements to reach their academic goals –whether those goals include a B.A., a certificate, a workforce credential, or prerequisites for a future educational endeavor. Starfish ADVISING amplifies the impact of the critical first advisor meetings by making it easy to gather baseline Student Intake information, match a student’s circumstances to a plan of study, and share that plan with the student in a productive and proactive way.

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    Change Plans for Changing Needs

    Starfish ADVISING prompts intervention when a student goes “off plan” – in time for a meeting with an advisor to make a difference. As you know, a student’s goals are subject to change. Students discover an affinity for a new discipline, or need to adjust their schedule from full– to part-time, miss registration deadlines, or require a course that is oversubscribed. Timely, automatic alerts based on course enrollments help advisors bring students in for a status check, regroup to understand their goals, show them the impact of their choices, capture meeting notes, and deploy revised Academic Plans if needed.

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    Help Advisors Work Efficiently

    Academic advisors are busy, and deciphering the program requirements for hundreds (or thousands) of different students with different levels of preparedness can be daunting, confusing, and fraught with opportunities for error. With Starfish ADVISING, the institution can lay out templates for academic achievement, and advisors can access and assign the correct Academic Plans with just a few clicks. A student’s past course enrollments instantly reflect compliance (or noncompliance) with requirements, and the advisor can quickly determine how a student’s past and future coursework will impact their stated academic goals.

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The Starfish Client Success Team is here to provide advice based on best practices used by hundreds of institutions. Let us know what you are trying to achieve, and we'll help you get there.