Student success (retention, persistence and completion) are central to the mission of Madison College. Sometimes, things happen that make going to school more challenging. Research shows that early intervention with students at risk of failure does make a difference.
Madison College uses an early alert system and encourages faculty to make timely referrals to improve learning and performance outcomes for students showing signs of academic difficulty and who have been unresponsive to previous inquiries from faculty. Through the Early Alert notification system, faculty work with retention advisors to intervene and establish contact with students to explore strategies to improve classroom performance and get back on track. Such timely interventions may assist in student retention and persistence to graduation.
What is an Early Alert and why did I get one?
An Early Alert is submitted by faculty who express concern about a student’s performance in class and previous attempts to connect with the student have been unsuccessful. Once a student is referred to the Early Alert program, the assigned retention advisor will attempt to contact and work with the student in an effort to improve the student’s academic performance and opportunity for success at Madison College.
What should I do if I receive an Early Alert?
Immediately contact your instructor and/or retention advisor to discuss the problem, determine what improvement is needed and learn more about support resources at the college.
My instructor has not submitted an Early Alert, but I feel like I am struggling in class. what should I do?
You should have a conversation with your instructor to discuss your class progress and/or contact a retention advisor for suggestions to get back on track.
What are some of the reasons why an instructor would submit an Early Alert?
An instructor might submit an Early Alert if you have had poor classroom attendance, have low exam scores, are missing assignments or have not responded to concerns from your instructor.