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 classes
- 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 read an Academic Alert
If you receive an academic alert you will be notified through your Linfield email account. An email will direct you to log in to WebAdvisor, read “Student Academic Messages,” and select “My Urgent Academic Messages” to read the academic alert issued by a faculty member. The alert will include the faculty member's commentary and instructions on how to improve your academic progress.
Questions regarding the academic alert system should be directed to the Office of Academic Advising (email@example.com).