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Accessing Starfish

To sign in to Starfish using your MyNaz username and password, please click here. MyNaz is the same login you use to access NazNet.

Alternately, you can sign in to Starfish through NazNet. The Starfish link is listed in the Faculty tab under the Faculty information heading.


What is Starfish?

Starfish is a robust tool with lots of potential applications. Starfish is used to collect all roster verification details. In addition, Starfish may be used by faculty at their discretion to submit progress concerns for students in their classes, replacing the course progress alert (a.k.a. pink sheets) used for this purpose in the past.

How does roster verification work?

When the roster verification process starts, you will receive an email outlining the full instructions (see Roster Verification Guide under Resources for instructions). In short, you log in to Starfish, click on your sections that need verification, click the appropriate status for each student, and click submit. It's that simple. One important note: if a student is attending your class but is not on your roster, you can not add them to the roster in Starfish. As in the past, please have them submit an Add form signed by you and their advisor to the Registrar's office immediately.

How does Starfish support student success?

Starfish is based on the premise that a campus community engaged with a student will lead to that student's success and that effective campus engagement happens through collaborative efforts between faculty, advisors and support offices. In addition, individual outreach to students and face to face conversations are critical in making a student feel that there are people at the college who care about their success. Starfish is intended to promote these important interactions by providing a quick and simple way for faculty to notify advisors and support offices when they have a concern about a student, thus enabling these support providers to reach out to students in a timely and effective way. More effective support is expected to lead to increased student success, which in turn is ultimately expected to lead to improved retention and graduation rates.

What happens when an instructor posts a concern about a student in Starfish?

Instructors have the ability to raise a range of "flags" for students in their classes depending on the nature of their concerns. These flags always generate an immediate notification to the student outlining the concern and directing them to support resources on campus. In addition, advisors or other support providers at the college may also be notified depending on the type of flag. See Starfish User Permissions and Starfish Email Templates under Resources to see who has access to flags and what is included in the emails when flags are raised.

What happens when advisors or other support providers on campus receive notification that a flag has been raised?

Most flags in Starfish are informational and by themselves don't necessarily require outreach beyond the immediate email that goes to the student noting the concern and available resources to help address the concern. For instance, if an advisor sees that their advisee has had a "Course Progress Concern" flag raised for one of their classes, that flag alone doesn't necessarily require outreach. A student struggling in several classes or having other types of difficulties in multiple classes indicates something is going on that should be addressed. Once a student has had three flags raised in a single semester, the Center for Student Success will coordinate an outreach to that student to address concerns. If a student reaches six flags raised in a single semester, their advisor will be notified via email so they can reach out to the student to discuss and address the concerns. Whenever an advisor or support provider works with a student to address flags that have been raised, s/he is encouraged to post a comment to indicate the outreach that has taken place so the initial flag raiser knows action has been taken and so other support providers are not duplicating efforts. If an advisor or support provider feels necessary action has taken place to address the flagged concern, they can "clear" the flag.

What about kudos?

In addition to providing instructors with the ability to notify advisors and support offices when students are having difficulty, Starfish also allows instructors to post personalized "kudos" for students in their classes. When a kudo is posted, the student receives an email notification that includes the instructor's personalized comments. Although this feature received positive feedback from faculty during the software selection process, concerns about its appropriateness at the college level have recently been raised. The kudos feature is currently available in Starfish and will be reviewed after gauging faculty opinion through a survey around the fifth week of the semester.

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