Early Alert: A Guide to Best Practices

Trudy Moore-Harrison, Robert McEachnie, Diane Cassidy, Desiré Taylor


Early alert is a program designed to flag students who are unprepared for rigorous college-level work. Due to numerous pilot programs implemented by various colleges and universities nationwide, studies have shown that the early warning system can raise pass rates for freshman classes and ultimately improve graduation rates. This chapter provides an overview of what a well-functioning early alert system looks like, how instructors can plan to implement one into their own classes, and the steps UNC Charlotte is taking to create a campus-wide approach through the adoption of Starfish®.

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