Comprehensive Early Alert Referral System

The Online EARF form

A comprehensive Early Alert Referral (EAR) System has been designed to identify students who may be at risk of Academic difficulty and to provide intervention strategies to reduce challenges that impede their academic success.

The Early Alert System will be used to assist instructors in alerting students, their advisors, professional advisor and staff of University College of students who are exhibiting “at risk” academic behaviors. Furthermore, the EAR system will focus primarily on students who are in the first 30 credit hours and are generally identified as freshmen. The EAR system requires the cooperative participation of faculty, staff and administration for timely interventions to be impactful.


You should have received the attached Early Alert Referral Form  (EARF) recently from the University College as an Online Form.

The Online EARF for is to be completed by the faculty of record when the faculty determines that the student is in academic jeopardy. Academic  jeopardy might consist of frequent class absences, poor quality class performance, class distractions or inattentiveness, unacceptable assignments, etc.

When faculty document the academic difficulties students are having via the EARF,  the University College is alerted to the issues and a plan of action will be developed to assist the student. The plan  may include consultation with the student, referrals, study skills support, consultation with the referring faculty member,  counseling center or other appropriate strategies. Periodic follow-up regarding student performance will occur between  the referring faculty member and staff of the University College.

The goals of the system are to improve every student’s chances for success, improve the quality of academic work, increase student retention and persistence to degree completion, create a greater awareness and utilization of support services, enhance  the advising experience, and increase effective engagement between the student and his/her classes.

I urge you to complete a form on each student who you designate as being in academic jeopardy. The form should be emailed directly to

Thanks for your support and cooperation.