Early Alert: iCARE

The Early Alert Program at Georgia State University seeks to increase retention and reduce progression risk by providing notification to individual students who display signs of academic distress on or before the first six weeks of the semester. The purpose of this program is to notify and support students who are demonstrating characteristics that hinder academic performance that may result in a less than desirable final course grade.

Characteristics may include:

  • Attendance issues
  • Lack of student engagement
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Insufficient performance in the course
  • Unsatisfactory grade at the midpoint of the semester

Faculty reporting of “at-risk” students through the Early Alert Service allows the Office of Retention & Undergraduate Studies to send notification to individual students regarding their academic performance. By participating in the program faculty will help Georgia State University affirm its commitment to first year student success and retention. Please visit iCARE to review information provided to first-year students regarding the Early Alert Program. As a result of your notification we will contact the students you have identified and provide academic support and assistance.

The early alert notification is not a grade, is not punitive, and is not reported in the student’s academic record. The Early Alert notification sent during the sixth week of the semester affords the students the opportunity to make academic modifications and improvements in a timely manner to achieve scholastic success.

For more information about the Early Alert Program and steps on how faculty members can identify students at risk, consult the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Kate VanDerSchaaf.