At various times during the semester, students who are performing poorly in a class may receive an academic alert from the course instructor. Academic alerts do not become part of the student’s permanent record but serve as an early warning for students facing academic difficulty. In the alert, the instructor will indicate one or more reasons why the student may be struggling in that class. The most common reasons for poor performance are:
- Missing class
- Missing assignments
- Lack of participation in class activities
- Lack of academic preparation
- Difficulty with taking tests
Academic Alerts are intended to galvanize a student’s academic team, and this is why notifications about Academic Alerts are sent to the student, the faculty advisor, and Academic Advising. Students who receive academic alerts are strongly encouraged to meet with the instructor issuing the alert, their faculty advisor, and to contact Learning Support Services or Academic Advising. A slipping grade can often be improved with quick action.
How to send an Academic Alert
Follow the link in WebAdvisor to send the alert. Students should be apprised of their performance as soon as issues arise (poor performance on exams or written work, frequent absences, troubling behavior, etc). Specifically, send alerts to students earning less than a grade of C. Include explicit recommendations to improve their performance: e.g., “You need to earn an 85% on the next two exams, and complete all homework, to earn a C in the class. Visit me during office hours for study help.” When issuing alerts, take note of drop and withdrawal deadlines. Be sure to send alerts, if needed, prior to these deadlines. The option of withdrawal should be suggested to students whose chances of passing are impossible or extremely unlikely.
How to read an Academic Alert
If you receive an academic alert you will be notified by email through your Linfield email account. This email will refer you to log-in to WebAdvisor and read your “Student Academic Messages.” Select “My Urgent Academic Messages.” Here you will be able to read the academic alert issues by your faculty member, outlining his/her commentary and instructions on how to improve your academic progress.
Questions regarding the Academic Alert system should be directed to Academic Advising.