The Starfish student user interface is very easy to get to, all it takes is a successful logon to Blackboard and an additional click on the "QCC Starfish" link. Watch the video below if you already have a Blackboard account and want to see how to log in to Starfish.

Feel free to contact us at StarfishHelp@qcc.cuny.edu should you need assistance accessing your Starfish user interface.

Starfish Early Alert can help you increase your opportunity for academic success, and guide you to available support services on campus so that you graduate on time. Throughout the semester you may receive Starfish Early Alert notifications on how you are doing in your courses.

  • Kudos - You may see a kudo notice when you are performing well
  • Flags - A flag alert warns you when you are not performing well in a course
  • Referral - A referral notification will either direct you to visit one of the campus learning centers for tutoring, and/or include an advisement message from your adviser

Please note that NOT all of your instructors use Starfish, there may be a few of your instructors who do NOT raise kudos or flags. However, some instructors may decide to use Starfish 5-8 weeks into the semester. Ask your instructor if they plan to use Starfish to provide feedback on your progress in the course.


Not receiving Starfish notices does NOT reflect good or bad academic performance. Feel free to speak with your instructor directly if you are not sure about your current academic performance.

If you receive one of the flags below, you are expected to take action right away! Meet with your instructor, speak with your academy/program adviser, go to tutoring, review your study habits, and attend ALL classes. Your academic success is important to us! There are many campus resources available to you, just ask your academy/program adviser.

The five academic flags your instructor may raise to help you succeed

  • Lateness Concern
  • Attendance Concern
  • Unprepared for Class - missing homework, projects, textbooks, or handouts
  • Poor Class Performance - poor score on quiz or exam
  • In Danger of Failing

Your instructor may raise a flag when there is a concern about some aspect of your class performance. For example, the "Attendance Concern" flag is raised if you've missed class meetings. In addition to viewing a flag notice from your student interface, an email notification from Starfish is sent to your tigermail account and may include recommended action from your instructor. Your academy adviser is also notified and will reach out to you to offer assistance. You should see your instructor right away to discuss the flag further.


Below are five academic flags your instructor may raise to help you succeed.

  • Lateness Concern
  • Attendance Concern
  • Unprepared for Class - missing homework, projects, textbooks, or handouts
  • Poor Class Performance - poor score on quiz or exam
  • In Danger of Failing

A referral to a center is usually sent by your instructor or adviser, it means that you should go to the center listed on the referral, and if a specific date is listed on the referral, be sure to get there before the due date. Below are referrals to help you succeed.


There are more referrals than what is listed below, but these are the most common. In addition to viewing a referral notice from your Starfish student interface, an email notification from Starfish is sent to your tigermail account.

  • Student Learning Center - General Tutoring
  • Math Learning Center - General Tutoring
  • Campus Writing Center - General Tutoring
  • College Discovery Learning Center - General Tutoring
  • Academic Literacy Center - General Tutoring
  • Office of Military and Veterans Services

If you received a kudo from your instructor it means you're doing well! An instructor awards kudos to recognize a good effort.


Below are kudos your instructor may award you for performing well in your course. In addition to viewing a kudo notice from your student interface, an email notification from Starfish is sent to your tigermail account.

  • Showing Improvement
  • Keep Up the Good Work
  • Outstanding Academic Performance

Starfish supports the following browsers:


Windows

  • Latest version and previous version of Firefox
  • Latest version and previous version of Opera
  • Latest version and previous version of Chrome
  • Safari 4+
  • Internet Explorer 9+

Macintosh

  • Latest version and previous version of Firefox
  • Latest version and previous version of Opera
  • Latest version and previous version of Chrome
  • Safari 4+

ipad

  • Safari 4+

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