Introducing Starfish, a student success tool

In our efforts to support students and provide better tools to faculty and staff, we are proud to announce that Shoreline Community College has purchased Starfish, a retention-oriented student success software that provides students with targeted interventions and a seamless, intuitive experience. Over 500 colleges and universities nationwide use Starfish, including 11 of the Washington Community & Technical Colleges.

Starfish meets a critical need

Our advising teams’ already inadequate tools will be less functional after the transition to ctcLink. Starfish will fill this gap with a strong suite of case management tools that enable advisors to provide a higher level of service to students than ever before. After multiple product demonstrations and Q&A sessions, both our resident and international advising teams have expressed universal enthusiasm for Starfish and are excited to incorporate the tool into their daily work.

Starfish will enhance Shoreline’s student success efforts

  • Centralized Student Network: Students who log into Starfish will be greeted with a personalized network of student success professionals
  • Predictive Tools: Using predictive analytics, advisors can provide proactive outreach to students who need additional supports
  • Coordinated Support: A system of flags and kudos allow advisors to collaboratively provide assistance and positive reinforcement to students
  • Centralized Student Information: For the first time, a single record of case notes for each student will be available across departments
  • Targeted Communications: With just a few clicks, advisors can send blast messages to specific cohorts of students, including SMS text communications

Starfish integrates with our current tools

Starfish will integrate with the College’s core technology systems including Outlook 365, ctcLink, and Canvas. Advisors will be able to find the most up-to-date information about a student all in one place: grades, class activity, recent appointments, and case notes will be readily available. The software integrations will be relatively simple to configure, as much of the heavy lifting has already been done by our peer institutions.

Starfish is aligned with Guided Pathways

As Shoreline moves into year three of the Guided Pathways project, our tools must be compatible with the Guided Pathways framework. By enabling advisors to provide a more proactive style of service, Starfish supports the key Guided Pathways tenets of helping students choose a path, understand the path, and stay on the path.

What’s next?

Beginning July 1, the College will begin assembling the Starfish team and planning the implementation project. We will carefully consider our technical team’s workload and the needs of our staff when creating the implementation timeline. The Starfish team will collaborate closely with the ctcLink and Guided Pathways teams to align the project with the College’s strategic goals.

Throughout the implementation, we will work hard to obtain feedback from the Starfish users to continually improve the tool. There will be meaningful, timely trainings offered throughout the year. Stay tuned for more exciting updates as the project progresses!

Shoreline Early Alert is live for Summer Quarter!

DEAR CAMPUS:

As we begin Summer Quarter, we would like to remind you about Shoreline Early Alert (SEA).

SEA is a referral program to serve ALL (domestic and international) students on campus. SEA is designed to provide academic intervention to students encountering difficulty in the pursuit of their academic goals. We recognize that intervention is a process and may not produce immediate results. That is why it is our goal is to reach out to the student early in the quarter and connect them to the appropriate resources.

MAKE A REFERRAL!

Use the SEA Referral Form rather than sending individual emails. A SEA Team member will respond to the referral within 24 hours by reaching out to both you and the student.

Please view our flyer (below) for more program and contact information.

We look forward to continuing to work with you and to support our students!

Thanks,
SEA Team
Nicki Sunwall, Erin Wilson, Lianne Almughirah, Jennifer Coogan
Shoreline Early Alert (SEA) Flyer 2016-2017

Introducing new faculty members to the Advising office, Sunny Ybarra and Tiffany Meier

Please join us in welcoming two new faculty members to the Advising office, Sunny Ybarra and Tiffany Meier.

sunnySunny Ybarra started working as an Advisor at Shoreline’s Advising office at Shoreline on the first day of spring quarter. He will work be working as a general advisor but also supporting students in Workforce and professional/technical programs. Before coming to Shoreline, he was an Advisor at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Prior to that he worked at Highline College in Advising and Multicultural Affairs. Before moving to Seattle, he worked as an Advisor at Spokane Falls Community College after working as a high school counselor for nearly ten years.

Sunny has a M.A. in Psychology from Antioch University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington. He enjoys traveling, reading, yoga, and anything outdoors, especially fly-fishing.

tiffany
Tiffany Meier has been an Advisor in International Education at Shoreline CC since June 2012 but has now joined the Advising office as of April 4. She will be working as a general advisor but also supporting students interested in STEM related fields. Tiffany has a M.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Western Washington University and a B.A. in Psychology from Beloit College. Before working at Shoreline, she worked for a short time at Seattle Central College as a transfer coordinator and also at the Dale Turner YMCA working with teens and after school programming.

Tiffany is originally from the great land of cheese (Wisconsin!) and visits often as her parents and younger brother still live there. She and her wife live close by in Mountlake Terrace where they bought their first house together. When not working, Tiffany enjoys playing softball, gardening, spending time with her cats and dog and binge watching the newest thing on Netflix/Amazon Prime.

Campus events for Wed., April 13: Managing stress and intramural yoga

Here are the events happening around campus for Wed., April 13.

Managing Stress, PUB 9208
Wed., April 13: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Stressed out?  Who isn’t trying to balance multiple priorities and feeling it!  Learn more about how stress impacts us all and a few tips for managing stress.

Events are FREE and open to our campus community.  Feel free to bring your lunch!

Intramural Yoga, Athletics Room 3025
Wed., April 13: 12:35-1:25 p.m.

Free to all Shoreline Community College students, faculty, and staff.

SEA is here to help students succeed

Dear Campus:

We would like to remind you of the early alert system called Shoreline Early Alert (SEA). SEA is a referral program designed to help students encountering difficulty in the pursuit of their academic goals by providing academic intervention. SEA is intended to serve ALL (domestic and international) students on campus.

*REMINDER: Intervention is a process and may not produce immediate results. Our goal is to reach out to the student early in the quarter and connect them to the appropriate resources.*

Examples of SEA referrals include: 

  • Low test scores
  • Unexplained excessive absenteeism or tardiness
  • Pacing in an online class
  • Not doing assignments
  • Financial matters
  • External concerns

Make a Referral to SEA!
Use the SEA Referral Form rather than sending individual emails. A SEA Team member will respond within 24 hours to both you and the student. SEA is intended to provide academic intervention and support to students in a variety of ways.

What happens next:
After our team receives a referral a member will work to respond within 24 hours to both you and the student. We continue to reach out to the student in order to set up an initial meeting where we assess the student’s needs and most appropriate resources.

Please view our flyer and visit our site to learn more about SEA or to view our Referral Form.

We look forward to continuing to work with you and to support our students!

Thanks,
SEA Team
Nicki Sunwall, Erin Wilson, Lianne Almughirah, Jennifer Coogan