Starfish Awarded 2017 Guided Pathways Seal of Approval by Complete College America

Leeward Community College

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Starfish in Action

“Starfish has allowed us to implement a campus-wide early alert system and to move our counseling and retention support away from traditional academic advising toward a case-management model to help promote individual student success within the semester.”

– Manny Cabral, Chancellor, Leeward Community College


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Leeward Community College

In order to align with both the University of Hawai’i’s Strategic Plan and Achieving the Dream, Leeward Community College created the Maka`ala (“with eyes wide open”) initiative in 2009.

Since the Starfish system became part of Maka’ala in 2013, the number of referrals made to campus services has doubled, and the number of faculty making referrals increased by 57%. Leeward Community College has also seen improvements in the total number of degrees and certificates awarded and in the median GPA of first-time degree-seeking students.

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