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Early Alert System

Highlights of the Early Alert System:

  • A three-tier system designed for instructors to identify students who would benefit from extra support during predetermined periods in the semester.
  • Utilized in EDGE grant courses that underwent course redesign efforts.
  • Addresses both academic (e.g., poor grades on exams, attendance, study habits, etc.) and nonacademic (e.g., financial aid, billing, campus engagement, etc.) concerns.
  • Yielded favorable results for decreasing D & F grades along with Q-drops.

Long-term Outcomes for the Early Alert System:
  • Course redesign enhancements: alignment of the learning outcomes, assessments and teaching methods, as well as, analysis of the broader impact of the course within the overall curriculum.
  • Increased student persistence and ultimately retention and graduation rates.
  • Improved collaboration and communication among campus stakeholders.

Overview of the Early Alert System

Early Alert 1 (EA1) happens within the first three weeks of the semester. 

Instructors are responsible for outreach efforts, and this helps with targeting early attendance, participation, and preliminary grade concerns. Residence Life plays a key role in reaching out to on-campus students, and the Academic Success Center facilitates interventions for off-campus students. 

Key Elements and Effectiveness of EA1
Early Alert 2 (EA2) happens towards the middle of the semester and coincides with midterm grades. 

Colleges/Departments are responsible for outreach and utilize the alerts to fuel their midterm programming initiatives. Due to the results of at least one major exam being included in this alert, helpful academic resources such as tutoring, academic coaching, increased instructor communication, etc. are often suggested.

Key Elements and Effectiveness of EA2
Early Alert 3 (EA3) happens later in the semester – about two weeks prior to the Q-drop deadline. 

Academic advisors are the key players for Early Alert 3 which is composed of at least two major exams and other coursework totaling about 60% of the grade to that point. Advisors utilize appointment campaigns and advanced searches in EAB Navigate to identify the alerted students and put outreach efforts into action. While implementing an appreciative advising model to promote student awareness and motivation, advisors connect students to campus resources to provide a last-ditch effort for success.

Key Elements and Effectiveness of EA3


Early Alert Workshops and Best Practices

Early Alert 2

Early Alert 3

Upcoming Workshops and Events 
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