Early Alert for Faculty
The Early Alert Project is a university-wide collaborative effort designed to support student learning by identifying and warning students who may be in danger of failing one or more courses.
Week five through the end of week seven, faculty is asked to identify undergraduate students in their classes who could benefit from support services. The Early Alert recommendations include: recommend writing support, content tutoring/study groups, English language workshops, and academic coaching.
Important Early Alert Dates
Early Alert codes can be submitted week five through week seven. Students receiving early alerts will be contacted once an alert is submitted.
Suggestions for Administering Early Alerts
- Include in your syllabus a statement about Early Alert. Here is a sample statement that you can insert in your syllabus or place on BlackBoard:
- "This class uses the Early Alert Service. Week five through week seven, I will notify the Center for Learning and Academic Success if you are not making adequate progress in your class(es). This warning is not an official grade; it's a recommendation to use a specific academic support service. If you are contacted about an Early Alert, please respond to those individuals and also visit me during my office hours so we may talk about strategies for how you can be successful in this class."
- Before submitting Early Alerts, communicate to your class why you are submitting them and your expectations for students who receive them.
- Use these Early Alert Instructions [PDF] when issuing your Early Alerts. Adhering to the Early Alert Decision Tree [PDF] will help you determine if an alert is warranted. Students who are issued an alert will receive an email message that encourages them to speak with their professor and seek out resources. Be ready to provide specifics as to how each student you alerted is performing in your class. Alerted students need to know if they can feasibly pass your class, or if they need to withdraw.
- Once Early Alert is over, log in to Navigate to review the outreach outcome for each student you alerted. See the following Outreach Outcome Instructions [PDF] for how to do this.
- Our Faculty Referral Process [PDF] can be used to refer students to the appropriate office in the Division of Student Success when Early Alert is over, or at any other time during the semester.
Division of Student Success