Members,

Four members requested responses to the LISTSERV re "early alert
systems".Please excuse response if not applicable to your interests.  

For info: see 10 Hour Academic Success Seminar entitled Ten Tips for Academic
Success
at web site www.CambridgeStratford.com

It is used for new students, slow matriculating students, students on
academic probation and as a Weekend Retreat after mid-term for students who
realize their
performance is sub-par.  An interesting option is to advertise the Seminar
dates
through announcements by professors.  A Seminar fee (cost of book) and
advanced
registration is normally required.  For students on probation, the Seminar is
required
by the Dean and is taught for five weeks.  A contract between students and
instructor
provides guidelines for performance and benchmarks (mid term grades).  
Available in
Spanish: see DIEZ CLAVES

Alternately or concurrently, training tutors to pinpoint "early alert status
students" also provides a pool for Seminar attendees.  See The Master Tutor:
A Guidebook for More Effective Tutoring
and pre/post assessments, The TESAT,
on web page.

Regarding success, an increase in retention of approximately 25% has been
documented for students on probation over a three year period.

Further info can be obtained.  Thank you.

Peter W. Stevens, President
The Cambridge Stratford Study Skills Institute
8560 Main Street
Williamsville, New York  14221
(800) 466-2232
fax (716) 626-9076
"Helping Students Study Smarter, Read Faster, and Score Higher on Tests"