What is Starfish Early Alert?
Viterbo University uses Starfish Early Alert as its early alert software system. The Starfish Early Alert program is a way for instructors to provide feedback regarding student progress. Students may receive "kudos" for exemplary progress or "flags" for areas of concern. The mission of Early Alert at Viterbo University is to continue to motivate students who are doing well in a course as well as to identify students who are having academic difficulty.
Once a student who is experiencing academic difficulty is identified, they can be promptly directed to the support services that can help the student succeed. The process is supported by Starfish Retention Solutions and is accessible through Moodle. Starfish gives us an efficient way to communicate concerns to the people who can help, while respecting FERPA and our institution's policies regarding the privacy of student information.
Increased communication between faculty, staff, and students has been a proven strategy for increasing student success. Involving all campus faculty and staff will ensure that each student enrolled at Viterbo has the best possible chance to succeed.
If you have any questions about this process or you would like to offer feedback or suggestions, please feel free to contact:
Tina Johns, Director