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Student Success Initiatives

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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, and support for recipients of Complete with 15, 50th Anniversary Promise, and Joseph and Marie Field scholarships. 

Current Student Success Initiatives

Starfish Connect

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 .

Learn more about Starfish Connect

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 the number of earned credits at the time of application, students may take advantage of the Complete with 15 Scholarship for up to three semesters.

Learn more about Complete with 15

Contact Us


Our Staff

Staff MemberPositionPhone NumberEmail
Lynne Sutherland, Ph.D. Director, Student Success Initiatives 215-751-8136
Danyelle Watson-Young Student Success Support Coach 215-751-8202
Bridget Burless Administrative Assistant 267-299-5966

Hours & Location

Library and Learning Commons, Rooms L1-08D, L1-08E and L1-08-K-2:

  • Monday - Friday        8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (academic year)
  • Monday - Thursday    8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (summer)