COVID-19 Campus Update

As public health concerns surrounding COVID-19 continue to grow, Community College of Philadelphia has made the careful decision to move coursework to online or other remote alternatives, beginning March 30 through the end of the spring semester, and to keep Main Campus and its Regional Centers closed through at least May 6, 2020. All courses remain suspended through March 30, 2020. Students will receive details on coursework from individual instructors. Faculty and staff will be issued guidance by supervisors. At this time, the commencement ceremony for spring 2020 is postponed. The College will continue to update you via email, web updates and text alerts as this situation evolves during the closure. During this time, please follow all CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus and remaining healthy, including hygiene recommendations, social distancing practices and remaining home when you are sick.

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Student Success Initiatives

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Student Success Initiatives offers programs and services designed to increase the rates of academic success at the College. Services include oversight of Starfish Connect, the College’s Academic Early Alert system, Colonial Colleagues, a peer support program and Complete with 15, a degree completion scholarship.

Current Student Success Initiatives

Starfish Connect

Starfish Connect, the College's new Academic Early Alert system, is a communication tool for students, faculty and staff at the College, designed to provide students with feedback about academic performance with the purpose of helping students successfully complete their courses and connecting them with important campus resources.


  • Assist students in being academically successful
  • Help students achieve their educational goals
  • Provide individually tailored assistance to students
  • Engage students in their academic success

Using Starfish Connect, faculty members can raise academic alert flags (concerns), give kudos (acknowledge good performance) and refer students to campus resources for extra support. The Starfish Connect software allows faculty to easily communicate their concerns to students while at the same time communicating these concerns to student support staff on campus. The office of Student Success Initiatives monitors Starfish Connect and offers outreach and support to students receiving alerts to increase their likelihood of academic success.

For questions about Starfish Connect, email .

Learn more about Starfish Connect

Complete with 15 Scholarship

The Complete with 15 Scholarship can offer students a faster path to completing a degree. This scholarship is appropriate for students who have earned at least 24 credits, have a 2.5 GPA and meet additional requirements.  Complete with 15 provides eligible students, who enroll in four courses (minimum 12 credits) each semester with a scholarship that will fund an additional three-credit course. By enrolling in five courses per semester or a minimum of 15 credits, students can complete an Associate degree in less time while saving money. The office of Student Success Initiatives processes Complete with 15 applications. Once determined eligible, students work with an Advisor to create an academic plan outlining all courses from the start of receiving the scholarship through to earning all credits needed for graduation. Depending on number of earned credits at time of application, students may take advantage of the Complete with 15 Scholarship for up to three semesters.

Learn more about Complete with 15

Contact Us

Fax: 215-751-8843


Our Staff

Staff MemberPositionPhone NumberEmail
Lynne Sutherland, Ph.D. Director, Student Success Initiatives 215-751-8136
Danyelle Watson-Young Student Success Support Coach 215-751-8202
Bridget Burless Administrative Assistant 267-299-5966

Hours & Location

Monday - Friday         8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (academic year)
Monday - Thursday    8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (summer)

Winnet Student Life Building,
Room S3-09