ERIC Number: ED441541
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Early Alert Program, Spring 1999.
Cartnal, Ryan; Hagen, Peter F.
This report evaluates the Early Alert program at Cuesta College (California). The report is divided into four main sections: services accessed, accessibility, actions taken as a result of receiving an Early Alert letter, and timing and utility of the Early Alert program. These are followed by the demography of the respondents, a brief background describing the Early Alert process, and the survey instrument employed. The Early Alert Program was designed to notify Cuesta College students of potential academic problems early in the semester. Whereas in 1999 a larger proportion of respondents indicated having met with their instructors than in 1998, smaller proportions of respondents in 1999 indicated having used the various tutorial services and labs available than did respondents in 1998. The percentage of respondents in 1999 who indicated that, as a result of receiving an Early Alert letter, they had withdrawn from the course for which the Early Alert was received rose 14.6 percentage points from 1998 to 1999. Similarly, as a result of receiving an Early Alert letter, a larger percentage of respondents "studied more" in 1999 than in 1998. However, in 1999 very few additional actions, such as seeking tutoring or joining study groups, were taken compared with 1998. Finally, respondents indicated significantly higher levels of satisfaction with both the timing of the receipt of the Early Alert letter and the overall utility of the program. (VWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cuesta Coll., San Luis Obispo, CA.