Advising Notes

Effective May 2016 the University's official advising system of record resides in the Starfish Enterprise Success Platform, which provides a University-wide system for advising notes, early progress reports (EPRs), and online scheduling of advising appointments.

Starfish allows a variety of note types, including narrative Outcomes associated with a particular appointment as well as applicable topics an adviser checks off in SpeedNotes. Advisers can also view notes imported from legacy advising systems (eLion/ISIS and EARS). Additional details are available at Advising Notes on the Starfish for Student Success website.

A University-wide advising note system serves three main purposes:

  1. It provides online information and context about individual students. Advisers in any college and at any campus can record and track individual advising contacts and changes in students' curricular goals. This record ensures communication about a student’s academic issues and progress can be shared among advisers.
  2. It provides a database of student records that can be used to produce summary statistical information concerning the type and number of advising contacts.
  3. It provides a way of summarizing and defining many of the activities of academic advising and of affirming the subtleties and complexities of the advising process.

Starfish Documentation Guidelines provide the rationale for documentation, the information that should (and should not) be included in advising notes, and the policies on disclosure of student records.

Last Update: May 2016