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ERIC Number: ED478596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
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An Evaluation of the Early Alert Program at Columbia College.
Pfleging, Elizabeth
At Columbia College, a 2-year college in California, an Early Alert program was implemented in the middle 1980s to alert students at risk of academic failure to potential problems. With the exception of a few years in the 1990s, the program has been conducted each semester. In the fourth week of the semester, instructors are asked to identify students experiencing academic difficulties, and these students are then sent a form letter of notification and recommendations for action. The effectiveness of the Early Alert program was evaluated using a sample of 38 classes taught by 25 instructors in 16 different subject areas. Of the 370 students responding, only 14 indicated that they had received an Early Alert letter. Findings show that the Early Alert program is effective in identifying at-risk students in that the students who were warned were indeed at-risk, but the alerted students did not use academic support services at a rate that differed significantly from that of other students. The program is an effective first step, but appears to fall short of its intended goal of motivating students to seek support services. An appendix contains the survey. (Contains 9 tables and 17 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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