Early Alert/Progress Report Program
Truckee Meadows Community College is committed to the success of its students by providing an environment conducive to teaching and learning. To ensure that every student takes full advantage of the educational opportunities, the college has implemented an Early Alert/Progress Report program.
The Early Alert/Progress Report program is a college-wide effort designed to support student learning by identifying and warning students who may be in danger of failing one or more courses.
Approximately by the beginning of the fourth week of the semester, faculty are asked to identify students in their classes who may be in danger of failing as well as the reason for their concerns. Alerts may be issued for excessive absences, trouble with subject matter, not completing assignments, and writing deficiencies.
Early Alerts/Progress Reports are not grades. They are another way for faculty to communicate to students that a change is necessary for academic success as well as identify outreach of additional resources that can support students learning. There are no permanent records of these alerts and students do not directly receive this information.
The Early Alert/Progress Report program is designed to identify students who may be at risk of academic difficulty or failure as early as possible. A basic assumption of the Early Alert/Progress Report program is that instructors will have attempted to help all students prior to making a referral. These attempts include:
- Meeting before or after class to ascertain what is blocking the student's progress.
- Email or phone communications to reach the student who is not attending class.
- Messages on quizzes, tests or assignment, etc inviting the student in for consultation.
Once referred to the Early Alert/Progress Report program, the appropriate academic support personnel will attempt to contact and work with the student in an effort to improve the student's academic performance and opportunity for success at TMCC.
Academic excellence and providing the tools for lifelong learning are central to the mission of TMCC. Research shows that early intervention with students at-risk for academic difficulties or failure is vital in improving overall academic success. Their academic success through interventions such as Early Alert Progress Reports may ensure their retention and persistence to graduation.
Important Early Alert Dates
Early Alerts are due by the beginning of the fourth week of the semester.