Student Success Early Alert System for Faculty

Drake State is committed to the success of its students by providing an environment conducive to teaching and learning. To ensure that every student takes full advantage of the educational opportunities, the college has implemented a student success program supported through an Early Alert System (EAS).

The goal of the Early Alert Program is to work with students individually and assist in a success plan that aids in overcoming any barrier to college success. The system allows faculty to be proactive, supportive, and involved in facilitating academic components of student retention through early detection and intervention of students who are experiencing problems.

Who can benefit from Student Success Early Alert?

There are many reasons that a student might be submitted to the Early Alert System. Some of the most common reasons for submitting a student to the Early Alert System include:

  • Excessive absences and/or tardiness
  • Needs tutoring
  • Has low test and/or quiz scores  or not completing homework
  • Knowledge of personal or family difficulties (i.e. financial, death in the family, etc.)
  • Change in demeanor

It is imperative to note that the Early Alert System cannot serve as a surrogate for good classroom management, nor is disciplinary in nature.

  • The Early Alert System works best when used early! Submissions in the first 4 weeks of class are most likely to result in a successful outcome for your students
  • Let your student know the nature of your concern for them and that you will be submitting them to the Early Alert System
  • Include the Early Alert System in your syllabus
  • Let the Student Success Specialist know when feedback doesn’t match up with what you’re seeing in class

Student Success Early Alert System process:

  • The Student Success Specialist will acknowledge your submission within one-two workdays.
  • The Student Success Specialist will address the student issue by meeting with the student and creating a success plan.
  • The Student Success Specialist will engage the student in the use of appropriate campus resources if necessary.
  • Student Success Specialist will follow up with students within a week.
  • Student Success Specialist will send an email, call, or stop by to update the faculty member who submitted the early alert to close the loop.