The EIT Early Alert Program is designed to identify and support at-risk students in time to provide the support necessary to encourage persistence among EIT 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.
It is well-documented that the first 6 to 8 weeks of the semester, particularly within the first year of college, are the most critical for students and their continued success. The goals of the system are to work closely with students to improve the quality of their work in class, increase student retention, increase awareness of student support services throughout our service area and increase interaction between students and faculty.
Research indicates that faculty or staff member are among the most influential people students come in contact with. Faculty and staff are also 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, or consistently low test or quiz grades. These students may be at risk for dropping out or academic failure. 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 EIT Early Alert Program work?
- Faculty or staff identify students with at-risk behaviors and notify the Director of Student Services and Retention of at-risk students by submitting the online referral form.
- Information will be reviewed and student contact initiated within three working days.
- The Director of Student Services and Retention will contact the student to review the identified concerns and provide support.
- Students will be provided with campus and community referrals and resources when necessary.
- If desired, the referrer will be notified of actions taken and progress made.