Thanks for such quick responses!  If people would prefer to respond to the
list, that is fine!

Thanks for the help!

-----Original Message-----
From: Palau, Susan [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2001 11:52 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Early Alert Systems

Most students in academic distress are too depressed to "go to" somewhere
for extra help.  So I am discovering that it is best to go to them - that
is, start a peer mentoring program and have a peer mentor knock on the dorm
door of the failing student and offer help.  The mountain will not go to

 -----Original Message-----
From:   David Shein [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent:   Friday, June 22, 2001 11:54 AM
To:     [log in to unmask]
Subject:        Re: Early Alert Systems

I'd love to see these responses.  Perhaps respondents could post to the

As for Bard, we're struggling with the same thing.  I got here two years ago
and instituted a mid-term alert program- letters go out to all students who
meet the criteria for academic warning or worse, inviting them to meet with
or with one of the Deans of Students.  (A horrible sentence, that was!)
Follow-up letters and phone calls go out, and we try to do what we can to
those students who respond connected with tutors, with study-skills
etc.  Similarly, students who are placed on academic warning probation are
referred to my office at the start of each term.  This works in a
catch-as-catch-can manner; those students who are most in need of assistance
don't respond, and those that do respond often do so too late for us to do
good.  So Id like to formalize both the early warning system and the
system.  Love to hear what's working for others!


"Schulz, Karyn" wrote:

> Good morning!
> I have just been asked by my dean to research schools who utilize an early
> alert system.  Historically, we alerted students of their progress at
> mid-term, and it was not always mandatory for all faculty. Our college has
> recognized that we need to change our thinking and do some more pro-active
> work with our students, much earlier.
> Any information about good programs that work will be greatly appreciated.
> Since this information might be encompassing, please respond off-list to
> email directly.  That address is:  [log in to unmask]
> Thank you!
> Karyn Schulz
> CCBC Essex

David Shein
Director of Academic Services
Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
tel:  845-758-7811
fax: 845-758-7646