Student Success Initiatives
Student Success Initiatives offers programs and services designed to increase the rates of academic success at the College. Services include oversight of Starfish Connect, the College’s Academic Early Alert system, Colonial Colleagues, a peer support program and Complete with 15, a degree completion scholarship.
Current Student Success Initiatives
Starfish Connect, the College's new Academic Early Alert system, is a communication tool for students, faculty and staff at the College, designed to provide students with feedback about academic performance with the purpose of helping students successfully complete their courses and connecting them with important campus resources.
- Assist students in being academically successful
- Help students achieve their educational goals
- Provide individually tailored assistance to students
- Engage students in their academic success
Using Starfish Connect, faculty members can raise academic alert flags (concerns), give kudos (acknowledge good performance) and refer students to campus resources for extra support. The Starfish Connect software allows faculty to easily communicate their concerns to students while at the same time communicating these concerns to student support staff on campus. The office of Student Success Initiatives monitors Starfish Connect and offers outreach and support to students receiving alerts to increase their likelihood of academic success.
For questions about Starfish Connect, email email@example.com.
Colonial Colleagues Program
Colonial Colleagues is a peer support program which encourages students to proactively commit to completing a degree or credential and/or successfully transferring from the College. It provides a structure that connects students as colleagues in peer-to-peer relationships enabling them to both give and receive help – from the first semester in higher education through to achievement of a certificate or a degree. Colonial Colleagues are invited to attend several Colonial Connection events for sharing experiences, skill development, problem-solving and celebrating academic success.
Complete with 15 Scholarship
The Complete with 15 Scholarship can offer students a faster path to completing a degree. This scholarship is appropriate for students who have earned at least 24 credits, have a 2.5 GPA and meet additional requirements. Complete with 15 provides eligible students, who enroll in four courses (minimum 12 credits) each semester with a scholarship that will fund an additional three-credit course. By enrolling in five courses per semester or a minimum of 15 credits, students can complete an Associate degree in less time while saving money. The office of Student Success Initiatives processes Complete with 15 applications. Once determined eligible, students work with an Advisor to create an academic plan outlining all courses from the start of receiving the scholarship through to earning all credits needed for graduation. Depending on number of earned credits at time of application, students may take advantage of the Complete with 15 Scholarship for up to three semesters.
|Staff Member||Position||Phone Number|
|Lynne Sutherland, Ph.D.||Director, Student Success Initiativesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Danyelle Watson-Young||Student Success Support Coachemail@example.com|
|Bridget Burless||Administrative Assistantfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Hours & Location
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (academic year)
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (summer)
Winnet Student Life Building,