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Office of Undergraduate Experiences

Starfish (Early Alert) - 2016-2017

Dear Colleagues:


Thanks to you, our faculty, over the past nine years Early Alert (EA) has become part of our campus culture, one way that we work collectively to support student success. Thank you to the hundreds of you who have been using the system, and we invite the rest of you to join this culture of helping students finish the course successfully and finish their degrees.


EA will be better than ever in fall 2016, both easier to use and with more capabilities that you will value. We are switching from our previous EA system to a new, more intuitive and more robust system called Starfish Early Alert. In the new system you will be able to:


· Access Starfish EA with a click of a button directly in Canvas;

· Send encouraging “Kudos” to your students, as well as performance “Flags,” by just clicking boxes and pressing Submit;

· Access EA not just once per semester but anytime throughout the term, quickly sending performance concerns or kudos to individual students whenever you think warranted;

· Collaborate more directly with student support staff, make referrals, share information automatically (as you choose, or not), see the follow-up from your communications;

· Participate, as you choose, in three scheduled “performance surveys”:

  • 1st-2nd weeks—No-Show Alert to notify non-attending students;
  • 5th-6th weeks—Early Alert, just as we’ve always done;
  • 9th-10th weeks—Post-Midterm Alert to encourage students who show signs of failing the course to choose to work harder or to withdraw before the deadline.

This is a powerful tool that can support your teaching and serve our students. If you’d like to get a head start, view this video, “Five Minutes to Learn about Faculty Features in Starfish.” Please be on the lookout for the announcement of the Early Alert No-Show Alert, coming your way next week.

To learn more about Starfish, click here

For technical support with Starfish, contact

Have a great semester (because when faculty have a great semester, students have a great semester). ​

Jeff Franklin, Associate Vice Chancellor

Office of Undergraduate Experiences

 Office of Undergraduate Expereinces

Phone: 303-315-2133 • Fax: 303-315-5829

Street Address: 1380 Lawrence Street, Ste. 1400

Denver, CO 80204


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