Early Alert

Please complete the following information to help the dean’s office staff best serve you and your students. If you have any questions regarding the CALS Early Alert Program, please contact Johanna Lewis, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, at 501-569-3296 or jmlewis@ualr.edu.

The CALS Early Alert Program is designed to identify and support at-risk students in time to provide the support necessary to encourage persistence among CALS students. The goal is to:

  • Provide faculty and staff with a means to identify at-risk students early in the semester (preferably prior to midterm).
  • Refer students to college resources appropriate to their needs.
  • Actively assist students, especially first year students, in becoming academically and socially successful.

Faculty and staff are in a unique position to observe early indicators of academic distress such as:

  • Excessive absences or tardiness.
  • Failure to complete assignments or turning in poorly prepared assignments.
  • Consistently low test or quiz grades.

Often, faculty and staff may be able to address such challenges directly with the student, but occasionally the problem may be beyond faculty or staff resources or time.

How does the CALS Early Alert Program work?

  1. Faculty or staff identify students with at-risk behaviors and notify the Assistant Dean for Student Services of at-risk students by submitting the online referral form.
  2. Information will be reviewed and student contact initiated.
  3. The Assistant Dean for Student Services will contact the student to review the identified concerns and provide support.
  4. Students will be provided with campus and community referrals and resources when necessary.
  5. If desired, the referrer will be notified of actions taken and progress made.