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About Early Alert

The Early Alert system is an outreach program designed for early detection and intervention of students exhibiting signs of academic distress. The system utilizes a campus-wide coaching/advising and tutoring information system (GradesFirst) to allow faculty to report student progress or distress. Reports entered by faculty are viewable by academic coaches and enable the office of First-Year Studies to collaborate with other academic success departments in determining the best possible success intervention.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, for the fall semester, Early Alert will be launched on Friday, September 2 and closed on Friday, October 14. For the spring semester, Early Alert will be launched on Friday, January 27 and closed on Friday, March 3.

Rationale:

Student success, persistence and graduation are vitally important to the campus.  Research on first-year student retention supports early identification/intervention programs as high impact activities that positively affect student success.

What Faculty Can Do:

You can do a great deal to make the University of Tennessee a better institution by providing feedback on student engagement and performance early in the term.  There are several ways you can do this:

Most Impactful Practice Personal Contact Request to meet with students who are missing class, not completing homework or doing poorly on assignments, quizzes and exams.
Early Alert Request
Participate in once a semester requests for feedback on student progress. Student feedback provided by faculty through GradesFirst is available to academic success staff and students for action.
Email First-Year Studies Email our office anytime with questions about the process or GradesFirst at firstyear@utk.edu.
Referral Refer students to the SSC web site and ask they make an appointment with an academic coach http://studentsuccess.utk.edu
Least Impactful Practice Ignore Do nothing. Student distress is noted, but not addressed by the university.

How to Issue Alerts for Non-Early Alert Courses

Instructor – Individual Alerts

Contact:

If you have any questions regarding the administration of this program, please email Stella Bridgeman-Prince, Assistant Director of First-Year Studies at stella@utk.edu.

Feedback:

Please feel free to provide us with feedback on your experience with the system here.

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