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Early Alert

OPSU 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, SASS has implemented a student support program utilizing an Early Alert System (EAS).

The goal of the EAS is to work with students individually and assist in a success plan that aids in overcoming any barrier to college success. The system allows faculty to be proactive, supportive, and involved in facilitating the academic components of student retention through early detection and intervention of students who are experiencing problems. It also allows students to request to work with the SASS team.

Submit an early alert report here

There are many reasons that a student might be submitted to the Early Alert System, and SASS works with students who have a range of academic and personal barriers that prevent them from being successful. Some of the most common reasons for submitting a student to the EAS include:

  • Excessive absences and/or tardiness
  • Needs tutoring
  • Has low test and /or quiz scores
  • Not completing homework
  • Knowledge of personal or family difficulties (i.e. financial, death in the family, etc.)
  • Change of demeanor

SASS has developed a set of best practices for using the Early Alert System to help your students be successful:

  • The EAS works best when used early! Submissions in the first 4 weeks of class are most likely to result in a successful outcome for your students. Submissions are accepted at any time throughout the semester.
  • Let your student know the nature of your concern for them and that you will be submitting them to the EAS.
  • Include the EAS in your syllabus if you wish.
  • Let SASS know when our feedback doesn’t match up with what you are seeing in class.

Early Alert System Process

  • SASS will acknowledge your submission within one workday.
  • SASS will triage the student issue.
  • Depending on the severity and/or immediacy of the alert, the appropriate area (such as counseling, tutoring, etc.) will be contacted.
  • The student will be contacted by SASS to make an appointment for the student to come in to the SASS office to have a plan of action put into place.
  • SASS will send an email, call, or stop by to update the faculty member who submitted the early alert.