7 steps to creating an early alert program
Early alert programs help institutions define student success—and enable more of it.
- Effective student interventions are both proactive and reactive, and fueled by data
- Early alerts and interventions should be part of institutional culture
- Successful programs take advantage of available resources, and tap all the right people
Nearly all institutions of higher education have some sort of early alert system in place. But many struggle to achieve meaningful results because their programs lack strategic design and/or effective implementation. Less commonly understood are the standards and practices that define a “good” early alert program.
Like most, you might be struggling to achieve meaningful results because you lack the right framework for strategic design and effective implementation.
One thing all successful early alert programs have in common is a systematic approach to deploying the right people with the right resources at the right times to make meaningful connections with at-risk students—and spur them to action. This paper should help you evaluate how your current program measures up. Keep in mind that any strategies you adopt should align with your institution’s specific mission and goals.
Successful early alert programs are both proactive and reactive, rely on the right metrics, involve all the right people (and not just the usual suspect), and serve as a key part of institutional culture.
Being strategic about how you invest time and resources will yield a greater return when it comes to your ultimate goal—increasing student success. And, it will instill confidence in the program among faculty and staff, increasing participation and impact over time.
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