Cleveland State University

Office of Undergraduate Studies

Starfish Guide For Faculty and Staff

What is Starfish?

Starfish is computer software that CSU uses to aid undergraduate student retention efforts. It allows for:

  • -Early Academic Alerts (e.g. attendance, academic performance)
  • -Online appointment scheduling
  • -Campus wide coordination of student support through student tracking and communication
  • -Attendance recording (mandatory for instructors of courses with first year freshman)

All faculty are encouraged to keep track of office hours and student appointments, record and view notes on their students' academic progress, and view their students' support network.

How to log into Starfish

There are two access portals to Starfish:

  1. CampusNet (click on instructor tab, then the "Starfish" link next ot the blue star)
  2. Starfish Instructor Image

  3. Blackboard (My Institution, Tools menu, Starfish link)
  4. Starfish Blackboard Image

User Documentation

Getting Started with Starfish - step 1 (Set up your profile)

Getting Started with Starfish - step 2 (Set up Office hours and Appointments)

Creating a Referral (to Success Coaching)

Raising a Flag

Recording Attendance

Viewing Student Data

Recording Interactions with a Student

Where can I get help with Starfish?


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Mailing Address
Office of Undergraduate Studies
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, MC 107A
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Main Classroom 107A
1899 East 22nd Street

Phone: 216.875.9732
FAX: 216.687.9320
Dr. Peter Meiksins
Interim Vice Provost of Academic Programs

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