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University Business magazine highlights products that enhance learning and efficiency on campuses across the country

University Business Award LogoArlington, VA – January 5, 2015 – Starfish Retention Solutions, Inc., a leading student success company, announced that University Business has recognized Starfish EARLY ALERT™ and Starfish CONNECT™ for making a difference on college campuses. A group of higher education leaders named the two modules, part of the Starfish® Enterprise Success Platform™, among University Business magazine’s “Readers’ Choice Top Products” for 2014.

The University Business Readers’ Choice Top Products award program informs higher education leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their campuses excel in a variety of areas, such as technology, sustainability and academic instruction.

The winners, selected by University Business’ editors from hundreds of nominations, were products that received the highest number of nominations and best descriptions from higher education leaders. The Readers’ Choice Top Products appear in the January 2015 issue of University Business and online.

Comprising distinct but connected modules, the Starfish Enterprise Success Platform enables institutions to view all their campus data and activities through the lens of student success. Starfish EARLY ALERT enables institutions to learn more about their students as early as possible. Starfish CONNECT makes it easy for students to engage with those on campus dedicated to their success. Starfish ADVISING gives students an academic path to follow in order to achieve success.

“Starfish EARLY ALERT and Starfish CONNECT are the cornerstones of student success initiatives at more than 240 institutions across the country,” said David Yaskin, CEO of Starfish Retention Solutions. “We are honored to be chosen by University Business’ readers for the third year, and proud that the Starfish approach continues to be recognized as essential to helping students finish what they start.”

“All of our 2014 honorees should be very proud of their success,” says JD Solomon, University Business’s editorial director. “We hope that all of our readers continue to be inspired and find innovative ideas from their peers who have had successful product implementations.”

About University Business

University Business is the most widely received, most regularly read publication for higher education leaders at two- and four-year colleges and universities nationwide. UB provides cutting-edge coverage of higher education technology, news, finance, policy, profiles and more to this exclusive audience across print, digital and in-person event platforms, including the annual higher ed technology conference, UBTech, and the new student success conference, UBThrive. Independent surveys have proven that year after year, no other higher education management publication matches the reach, readership and audience engagement of University Business. For more information, visit


JD Solomon
Editorial Director
District Administration magazine

About Starfish Retention Solutions

The Starfish Enterprise Success Platform helps institutions efficiently scale their student success programs so that more students can finish what they start. Specifically, the software identifies at-risk students in real time based on their daily course-work performance and faculty concerns and then connects them to the resources designed to help (e.g., advising or tutoring), all while assessing which services and interventions are working. For more information,visit