Starfish Early Alert Program - Academic Advisement - Truckee Meadows Community College

Starfish Early Alert Program

Truckee Meadows Community College is committed to the success of its students by providing an environment conducive to teaching and learning. To ensure that every student takes full advantage of the educational opportunities and support services available at TMCC, the Starfish Early Alert™ system was implemented in Fall 2016.

The goal of this improved early alert program is to increase student persistence and retention and to promote educational excellence both in and out of the classroom.

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General Overview

Starfish Early Alert allows faculty and students to be proactive in seeking the assistance necessary to be successful in a specific class and throughout the entire College process. The Early Alert system is a cooperative effort between faculty and student services for early detection of challenges students may be facing and quick intervention and outreach to students, all while protecting students’ privacy. Starfish allows instructors to generate flags (alerts), referrals and kudos on students, helping support staff to better assist students who may be facing academic difficulty.

Starfish also provides students with the opportunity to ask for help, view their student success network and easily find contact information for College offices.

Starfish is integrated into all TMCC WebCollege Canvas courses and may also be accessed directly through the Starfish production tenant. Look for the link to Starfish in the course section menu within a Canvas course. Once students and faculty log into Starfish, it is strongly recommended that they update their Starfish profile with a picture, and review their email address and phone number to ensure accuracy.

For questions about Early Alert, please email