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Starfish Early Alert

StarfishWhat is Starfish Early Alert?

Seton Hall University's Starfish Early Alert System is an early warning tool that helps students succeed. Starfish, part of the university’s completion initiative, aims to identify at-risk students as quickly as possible and promptly direct them to the appropriate academic support services. This process is supported by Starfish Retention Solutions and is accessible through our Blackboard module. Starfish provides faculty, academic advisers, tutors, and program directors with a convenient way to alert and support students. 

Faculty can raise “flags” when a concerning pattern of behavior is observed allowing advisers and other support services to intervene. Some students might have academic performance or attendance issues. Starfish gives us an efficient way to communicate those concerns to the people who can help, while respecting FERPA and our institution's policies on the privacy of student information.

Increased communication between faculty and administrators is a proven strategy for increasing student success and retention. The partnership and participation of all campus faculty and staff will ensure that each student enrolled at Seton Hall has the best possible chance to succeed.

How to Get Started

Log in to PirateNet; log in to Blackboard.  The Starfish module is located next to the MyAcademics tab in Blackboard.

Starfish Tab



Note: Starfish works best with the Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers. If you are using Internet Explorer, log in to PirateNet and log in to Blackboard. Locate the down arrow at the top right corner of the page and scroll down to view the tabs. 

Starfish Down Arrow

To view or edit your Starfish profile, click on your name (top of each Starfish page).

Starfish Profile




Access campus resources by clicking the Services tab.
Faculty: To access your student list, click the Students tab.

Starfish Students



Workshops are offered for faculty through the TLT Center’s Computer Training Services. For a list of upcoming courses visit http://tltc.shu.edu/register.

Additional Questions?

If there are any questions about this process or suggestions for improvement, please contact us:

Academic Resource Center
(973) 761-9108
Arts and Sciences Hall, Rm. 202

If you require technical assistance, please contact the service desk at servicedesk@shu.edu, (973) 275-2222 (off campus) or x2222 (on campus).

Contact Us

Department of Information Technology
(973) 275-2222
Corrigan Hall

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