Welcome to the Starfish page for the RIT community! Within this site you will find an overview of the academic alert system, training documentation, and FAQ's.
Fall 2161 Academic Alert Progress Surveys*
Progress Survey 2161-1 will open at 7am on Monday September 12th and close at 11pm on Sunday October 2nd.
Progress Survey 2161-2 will open at 7am on Monday October 17th and close at 11pm on Sunday November 6th.
Last day to withdraw with a grade of “W” is Friday November 11, 2016.
All 2161 flags will be Cleared on Tuesday December 20th.
Spring 2165 Academic Alert Progress Surveys*
Progress Survey 2165-1 will open at 7am on Monday February 13th and close at 11pm on Sunday March 5th.
Progress Survey 2165-2 will open at 7am on Monday March 27th and close at 11pm on Sunday April 16th.
Last day to withdraw with a grade of “W” is Friday April 21, 2017.
All 2165 flags will be Cleared on Wednesday May 24th.
*You can send an academic alert at ANY point in the term by using the "Raise Flag" function.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR INSTRUCTORS:
Starfish allows the course instructor to easily inform a student that they may be at-risk in specific areas within the course. Advisors assigned to the student also receive notification of the instructors concern. Instructors and advisors can then take a coordinated approach to help students utilize campus resources and develop an action plan.
The progress survey allows an instructor to send alerts related to 4 different aspects of academic performance (attendance, participation, assignments, and tests). Each topic identified as a concern will generate an automated email that goes directly to the student. We ask that you:
- Check only ONE box for the performance area of greatest concern
- Indicate in the comment box any specifics about the alert, including your concerns related to the other 3 performance areas.
- Selecting more than one box triggers separate emails to the student for each area of concern, resulting in multiple emails.
- Any time an instructor raises a flag (via progress survey or "Raise Flag") and includes a comment, the comment is embedded in the standardized email and goes directly to the student. Please direct all comments directly to the student.
- All comments and messages are stored in the Starfish system and are disclosable under FERPA.
- In-person training is highly recommended for instructors to understand the system's additional functionality & communications related to alerts. In the meantime, a user can get a good overview of the system by reviewing the information listed under each of the menu items included on this site.
Training and Questions:
- Training sessions will be offered through CPD on:
Thursday September 15h @ 2pm in CIMS 2160
Wednesday October 19th @10am in CIMS 2160
Please register at: https://www.rit.edu/fa/cpd/starfish-academic-alert-instructors-and-advisors
- The step-by-step guides on this site serve as a user guide.
- For individual training or questions, please email email@example.com or call 585-475-5057
- If you have any questions not addressed on this site, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are continuously developing this site and information will be updated regularly; please check back frequently for the newest updates about academic alerts!