Early Alert supports students who have shown signs of academic distress within the first several weeks of the semester. We intervene while it's still early so you can get back on track.
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Within these first few weeks each participating faculty member completes a report for students in his/her course that notifies the Office of First-Year and Transition Programs of students who are doing well, and of students who may benefit from additional resources and support.
The notification is not a grade and is not reported in the student’s academic record. Instead, the notification affords students the opportunity to make academic modifications and improvements in a timely manner to achieve scholastic success by the end of the semester.
The Early Alert program helps students:
- Recognize academic challenges
- Identify resources and strategies to address academic challenges
- Take ownership and become empowered to accomplish their goals for academic success
- Take advantage of campus resources available on campus
How does it work?
If a professor has submitted an Early Alert report for a student, you will receive an email to the student’s @student.gsu.edu address. If you receive an email from [email protected], here are the next steps:
- Read all correspondence regarding the Early Alert notification carefully.
- Make an appointment with an Academic Coach by email at [email protected] or by phone at 404-413-2696. During your meeting with an Academic Coach, you’ll work together to assess the individual’s academic strengths, weaknesses and factors that impede academic progress. Then, you’ll determine strategies and next steps for getting back on track and which academic resources are available to you.
- Schedule an appointment with your professor issuing the notification to discuss strategies for improvement.
If you receive an Early Alert Kudos email:
Students receive Early Alert Kudos emails to the student’s @student.gsu.edu address, and receive them because a professor has acknowledged that they are doing well in the course. Thus, kudos to you for a job well done! Keep up the good work!
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is an Early Alert?
- What do students gain from Early Alert?
- What characteristics or behaviors could lead professors to consider a student “at risk” in the classroom?
- How will Early Alert notify me if I'm at risk of failing a course?
- After I find out I have an alert, how soon should I meet with an Academic Coach?
- I received an Early Alert notification and scheduled a meeting with an Academic Coach. How will the meeting take place?
Early Alert at Georgia State University is an initiative that seeks to provide feedback and support to students who have demonstrated behaviors within the first six weeks of the semester that may hinder academic performance and overall college success. This outreach effort is a partnership between faculty teaching undergraduate students and staff in the Office of Student Success.
Students are provided with individualized support to identify academic challenges, resources, and strategies to address academic challenges. Students are also encouraged to meet with the professor(s) who submitted their name to Early Alert.
What characteristics or behaviors could lead professors to consider a student “at risk” in the classroom?
Excessive tardiness or absences, lack of participation and engagement in the course, failure to submit assignments or submission of incomplete assignments, difficulty comprehending course content, or grades that indicate potential failure in the course are all indicators that a student may be at risk of academic failure.
Students receive an email to their @student.gsu.edu address or a phone call from a representative from First-Year & Transition Programs or Academic Coaching.
Students should meet with an Academic Coach as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment, contact [email protected] or 404-413-2696. Questions related to the Early Alert program should be directed to the Office of First-Year and Transition Programs via email at [email protected].
I received an Early Alert notification and scheduled a meeting with an Academic Coach. How will the meeting take place?
If you received an Early Alert and set up an Academic Coaching session, it will be held in-person or via WebEx. Please check the instructions from your Academic Coach in Navigate for the meeting format.