Retention Support & Analytics

Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA)

Starfish Early Alert & Connect


The Center for Academic Student Achievement is hosting Starfish, an Early Alert software program for identifying undergraduate students who need assistance from academic support services at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The Early Alert program offers convenient early warning identification capabilities and connects students to a collaborative “Success Network” of faculty, advisors, and specialized support staff to address students’ needs and inquiries in real time.

The Early Alert program allows faculty and staff to identity the academic needs of TAMUCC’s undergraduate students at any point during the academic term. Starfish provides early alerts, or “flags”, when raised by faculty or staff; generate emails notifying the student, and members of the student’s “Success Network” of course progress and academic concerns needing to be addressed.

Students can actively engage with members of their “Success Network” at any time. Early Alerts raised for students, however, will elicit an Early Alert response originating from CASA, supplemented by Academic Advising, and may include additional support from campus programs including Student Engagement and Success, Enrollment Management, PASS, and other academic support programs from TAMUCC.

Currently all developmental, freshmen, and sophomore level courses at TAMUCC will be supported by the Early Alert program through the implementation of progress reports. Progress Progress report will help to identify students’ academic needs, including:

  • Poor class attendance
  • Low class participation
  • Low test or quiz scores
  • Classwork performance concerns
  • Needs Improvement
  • In danger of Failing

Starfish Early Alert Goals:

  • Increase contact between students and faculty
  • Increase contact between students and academic staff/academic support programs
  • Increase student utilization of campus academic support services
  • Increase first and second year student retention rates

How to Access Starfish and Complete a Progress Report:

Starfish may be accessed by logging into BlackBoard Learn, and selecting the Starfish Button within Blackboard’s Tools section.

Also, please reference the attached powerpoint to learn how to log into Starfish at TAMUCC and how to complete a Starfish Progress Report.

How to take attendance in Starfish

Starfish's attendance feature has been recently updated. Please click here to learn the new features available to you and your courses in Starfish.

For questions about the Starfish Early Alert program contact John Fortiscue, 361-825-3653.

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