Spring and Spring 1 Early Term Progress Surveys Launch Jan. 24

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Spring and Spring I Early Term Progress Surveys Launch Jan. 24

The Spring & Spring 1 Early Term Progress Surveys launch Friday, Jan. 24, and will be open for 10 days, closing Monday, Feb. 3, at 11 p.m. Central Time. This survey is distributed to all graduate and undergraduate Spring semester and Spring 1 term courses on-ground and online throughout the United States and at the Leiden campus.

Faculty members are expected to complete their survey(s) during the 10-day window – even if they have no feedback to submit – because students are responding to this feedback and have a better opportunity to achieve success with early alerts.

In addition to the important student success outcomes tied to Progress Surveys, Webster is entering into a friendly competition with Syracuse University, another major user of Starfish, who we recently found out has achieved a completion rate of 76 percent for Progress Surveys – with a completion rate of greater than 90 percent at non-U.S. campuses.

To beat Syracuse University, each faculty member actively teaching a Spring semester or Spring 1 course must complete their survey(s) during the 10-day window – even if they have no feedback to submit.

Survey feedback

Data shows that raising concerns (flags) and providing positive feedback (kudos) early is helpful for students and leads to more opportunities for students to achieve success. One faculty member stated, “It’s virtually impossible for a student to fall through the cracks if faculty get familiar with this portal.”

Another faculty member said, “The Student Success Portal is already proving to be a boost in early detection of academic issues. Faculty are working even more from a shared-responsibility mindset, with successful active interventions. We are finding that students respond well to faculty follow-ups.”

One student responded to feedback from a professor saying, “Thank you so much for your encouraging thoughts. I appreciate all of your feedback!”


Reach out to the Starfish Implementation Team at  studentsuccess@webster.edu  and/or access the resources available at  webster.edu/success , including a detailed Progress Survey FAQ section and a brief video on how to complete a Progress Survey.

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