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Starfish EARLY ALERT Named a University Business Magazine 2013 Readers’ Choice Top Product

University Business’ Readers Nominated Products That Have Made a Positive Difference at Colleges and Universities

University Business LogoArlington, VA – January 15, 2014 — Starfish Retention Solutions, a leading student success company, announced that Starfish EARLY ALERT™ has been selected as a University Business Readers’ Choice Top Product for 2013.

Now in its second year, the annual University Business Readers’ Choice Top Products award recognizes the most innovative products in higher education. This prestigious list informs university leaders and administrators about the products their colleagues around the country are using to help their schools excel.

The winners were selected by the editors of University Business from hundreds of nominations submitted by readers. Winners were selected based on both the quantity of nominations and the quality of the nominees’ testimony of the product.

Starfish EARLY ALERT™ is one of four modules that combine to make the Starfish Enterprise Success Platform™. Starfish EARLY ALERT is designed to help an institution collect as much information about each student as soon as possible, manage issues in a way that respects each campus group’s unique processes and workflows, and involve students in their own success efforts.

More than 220 institutions across the country, including Davidson County Community College, University of Illinois Springfield, and Manhattanville College, have deployed Starfish EARLY ALERT to help them view their student activity and systems through the lens of student success.

“The challenge of helping more students finish what they start is multi-faceted and complicated. We’re proud that our Enterprise Success Platform has been proven to make a difference in supporting student success programs for all types of institutions” said David Yaskin, CEO of Starfish Retention Solutions. “Starfish is honored that the readers of University Business – for the second year in a row– recognize our contribution to the important priority of improving student success and retention.”

The complete list of recognized products has been announced online and in the January 2014 issue of University Business magazine.

“The fact that we saw an increased response in the second year of this recognition program is a testament to the interest that higher ed leaders have in products for improving educational outcomes and operational efficiencies,” says JD Solomon, editorial director of University Business. “All of the honorees in our Top Products program should be very proud of their achievement.”

About Starfish

The Starfish Enterprise Success Platform™ consists of four software modules that collectively harness the power of the campus community in order to help students finish what they start. Specifically, the modules help institutions identify at-risk students in real time based on their daily coursework performance and faculty concerns, and then connect them to the resources designed to help (e.g., advising or tutoring), all while assessing which services and interventions are working. For more information, please visit