Early Alert Report Communicates Grades for Students At Risk

Volume 3, Issue 5, October 2019     |     PP. 159-166      |     PDF (180 K)    |     Pub. Date: September 25, 2019
DOI:    222 Downloads     4468 Views  


Karen Reynolds, Hawkeye Community College, USA

Retention is an ongoing challenge and goal for many colleges during these economic times. Early alert systems can have an impact on retention by making students aware of their academic progress at a mid-point in the term, and by providing resources that may help students before it is too late in the term. However, not all early alert systems are the same, and vary greatly in their approach, campus resources, reasons, technology and terminology. This study identifies the most common characteristics from timing, methods of follow-up to media, and people involved. In addition, to encourage faculty participation in the early alert report, faculty incentives and repercussions are surveyed for completing or not completing the early alert report for community colleges in one Midwest state. Find out the options and what are the most common practices for utilizing the early alert system.

at risk, student retention in college, impact of grades, identify and intervene, communication

Cite this paper
Karen Reynolds, Early Alert Report Communicates Grades for Students At Risk , SCIREA Journal of Sociology. Volume 3, Issue 5, October 2019 | PP. 159-166.


[ 1 ] Bradley, Jr, A. & Blanco, C. (2010). Promoting a culture of student success: How colleges and universities are improving degree completion. Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).
[ 2 ] Community College Week (2013). Retention rates lagging at Iowa community colleges. http://ccweek.com/article-3630-retention-rates-lagging-at-iowa-community-colleges.html
[ 3 ] Fletcher, M. (2012). A national study of student early alert programs at tow-year institutions of higher education. Doctoral dissertation. Retrieved from ProQuest Digital Dissertations. (UMI 3503809)
[ 4 ] Habley, W. R. (2004). The status of academic advising: Findings from the ACT Sixth National Survey. Washington, DC: National Academic Advising Association.
[ 5 ] Reynolds, K. (2018), “How Faculty Perceptions of the Early Alert Report Impact Use” , National Council for Instructional Administrators
[ 6 ] Reynolds, K. & Friedel, J. (2018) Policies of Midwest Community Colleges around Communicating Grades to Students, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 42:7-8, 574-576, DOI: 10.1080/10668926.2018.1429960
[ 7 ] Schwartz, M. (2010). Improving community college persistence: An investigation of promising practices. (Doctoral dissertation). ProQuest Digital Dissertations. (UMI 3433184)
[ 8 ] Tampke, D., & Shirley, M. (2009). Early alert: Letting students know you are concerned. Conference presentation at the Alliance ’09 Higher Education Users Group Conference, Anaheim, CA.
[ 9 ] Varney, R. (2008). Study of early intervention on first-year non-development community college freshmen (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Digital Dissertations. (UMI 3503809)
[ 10 ] Wasley, P. (2007). A secret support network. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from Feb 9, 2007 from http://chronicle.com/article/A-Secret-Support-Network/12417