Benefits of an Early Warning System in Higher Education

Student Attrition in Colleges and Universities:

Probably the most serious problem colleges and universities face these days is how to retain their students. The fact alone that fewer and fewer students enroll each year already makes it a considerable feat for administrators to run their schools effectively.

Retained are those who enroll each semester until they graduate. They are the full-time students who obtain their degrees without academic delays. On the other hand, there are Dropouts who enter a university and leave without finishing their course. And then there are transfers who enter school, leave it midway through their course and enroll in another school with the intention of graduating in that new school.

Reasons behind Student Attrition:

• Academic Under preparedness: Attrition stemming from students being inadequately prepared to accommodate the academic demands of college and meet minimal academic standards.

• Academic Disinterest: Attrition triggered by lack of student interest in, or enthusiasm for, the type of academic learning experience that characterizes college coursework (the process of course delivery and / or the content of courses).

• Low Initial Commitment: Attrition resulting from weak initial intent of the student to stay at, and graduate from, the particular college he/she is attending.

• Isolation: Attrition caused by an absence of personal and meaningful social contact with other members of the college community, resulting in feelings of separation and marginalization.

• Incompatibility: Attrition attributable to poor institutional or departmental fit which stems from a mismatch between the student’s expectations, interests, or values and those of the prevailing community.

• Inability to afford college.

Student Retention Strategies:

• Early identification and recruitment of academically gifted students for honors programs and peer tutoring.

• Deployment of Early Warning System.

• Faculty & Curriculum development.

• Showcasing alumni success stories, on-campus employment, on-campus living.

• Promoting Student-Faculty and Student-Student (Peer) Interactions.

• Adopting student recruitment and admissions practices that promote better student-college fit.

• Financial-aid packaging, Money management counseling.

Technology in identifying Student at-risk:

Identifying at-risk students can be a difficult task. Since the typical class size per tutor continues to grow, it is hard for them to truly “know” their students. Also, many legal issues and battles limit the tutors from knowing their students at a personal level.

New technologies can provide meaningful learning experiences for all students, especially those at-risk of educational failure. Now, with the introduction of the Early Warning System, the tutor can set up rules to flag students’ performance, attendance, and other key course events that are required for student success and the counselors can implement effective intervention strategies.

Early Warning System:

An Early Warning System enables colleges and universities to identify at-risk students early enough to provide effective interventions and resources, minimizing student attrition. The Early Warning System has a proprietary statistical algorithm for analysis of historical student data to identify single and composite factors that are indicators of risk. Educational Institutes can create personalized intervention strategies and success coaching workflows to ensure that at-risk students receive effective support. The Early Warning Systems empowers Higher Education Institutes to efficiently provide needed support to at-risk students and maximize student success.

Benefits of Early Warning System in Higher Education:

• An Early Warning System helps instructors recognize when a performance problem is emerging or becoming more serious.

• Instructors create rules that determine when the Early Warning System generates a warning for a student’s performance.

• Rules are created by instructors and can be based on a test score, calculated column, due date, or course access.

• Instructors use this rule-driven communication tool to send email messages to students and their Observers when Early Warning System rule criteria are met.

• The instructor can communicate a warning in an email message to the student only, to a parent or advisor that is assigned as an Observer, or both.

• The Notification History creates a record for each Early Warning message sent.

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