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Point students in the right direction

Many students enroll in college with an interest in a particular academic program (or two) but only a vague idea of how to put together a course plan that will help them complete their degree or certificate. They don’t always know about pre-requisites, and they may not realize that a required course is not offered every term. In addition, students frequently change majors, which can result in confusion or frustration when they try to determine how previously-earned credits can be applied to a new program.

Starfish Degree Planner, the academic planning module of the Starfish platform, makes it possible for your institution to efficiently provide each student with a proactive, personalized, step-by-step roadmap to the finish line, even as his or her goals and circumstances change.

Determine the starting point

Starfish Degree Planner amplifies the impact of advisor meetings by making it easier to see what programs students are planning to pursue, what choices they have already made, and the constraints or factors that may impact student schedules. Rather than focusing on which math classes are required for a particular major, advisors can concentrate on helping students explore additional learning options such as internships, or determine appropriate next steps based on the student’s progress in his or her program of study.

Change plans for changing needs

Students’ goals are subject to change. They may 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. Starfish Degree Planner prompts intervention when a student goes “off plan” – so advisors can bring students in for a status check, regroup to understand their goals, and deploy revised Academic Plans if needed.

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. With Starfish Degree Planner, 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 populate instantly so the advisor can see how a student’s past and future coursework will impact their stated academic goals.