Early Success

Starfish Early Success became available to all NECC students (6112) in fall of 2015. Two progress surveys were issued in the semester with 4077 students receiving flags or kudos (3445 flags; 6145 kudos).   Faculty participation in Starfish training was limited due to Work to Rule constraints. The Student Success Center continued outreach through class presentations and participation in student activities and events, including a college wide contest to name the Starfish mascot to raise awareness about the program. Starfish Coaches were hired to provide additional support to faculty and students throughout the year.


The Student Success Center cohort consisted of 1193 students in fall 2015; 20% of the overall Starfish Early Success Program, with 212 students receiving flags (62% of those flagged were Hispanic).  Students in the SSC cohort who were flagged and used Tutoring or Student Success Center services had higher course completion rates (A-C), 7% and higher retention rates, 13.8% than non-users.  Data collected for Hispanic students shows that those who were flagged and used services had a 17.9% higher course completion rate (grades A-C) and a 25% higher retention rate than Hispanic students’ not using services.


In spring 2016 additional groups were added, and Starfish Cohorts now include: SSC (FYS & 2+ Dev), PACE, Athletes, LAC, Clubs & Organizations, Veterans & Military Svcs, STEM, Early College & Dual Enrollment, Suspended/Special Probation, International Students, Section 30/ITA, CBE, CVTE.  Two progress surveys were issued during the semester; with 5530 unique students receiving a flag or a kudo (2365 flags and 4180 kudos).

Retention data for these students will be collected after the fall 2016 freeze date. The Starfish Early Success Strategy Team, with 25 members that include faculty, staff/adjunct faculty and staff, continued to meet throughout the semester.  NECC’s Student Success Center retention work received another national recognition; in March 2016 it was included among the 12 HSI initiatives in The Alliance of HSI Educators’ national report entitled From Funding to Practice: A Status Report on Federal Funding and High Impact Programs Among Hispanic Serving Institutions, as part of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics 25 year Anniversary Commitment to Action program.  The college is partnering with Hobsons/Starfish to host a Student Success Summit at NECC in May 2016 that will bring a diverse group of representatives from 2 & 4 year public & private colleges from the New England region and beyond. 

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