ERIC Number: ED446511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
Assessing the Impact of the Early Alert Program. AIR 2000 Annual Forum Paper.
Eimers, Mardy T.
This study evaluated how college students reacted to an Early Alert notice about their grades. Undergraduate students in 19 specific courses were sent a notice if they were receiving a C minus or below at the 5-week point of the semester. The study investigated whether students who received the notice actually performed better than did control students. A group of 816 students received a notice that included their grade and suggestions for improving performance. Students' advisors also received copies of the notices. A month after receiving the notice, students completed a Web-based survey that asked what actions they took after receiving the notice and how they felt when they saw it. A total of 219 students completed the survey. Results indicated that early alert notices stimulated students to take action, generally such personal actions as studying more or getting better organized. Students were likely to talk with parents or peers regarding their notices. About 1 in 12 students did not engage in any of the actions identified on the survey, and 1 in 15 students withdrew from the course. Though notices motivated students to take action, they had little influence on improving academic performance. Appended are documents from the program. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (40th, Cincinnati, OH, May 21-24, 2000). Earlier version presented at the Mid-America Association for Institutional Research Conference (Overland Park, KS, October 6-8, 1999).