For many years, early-alert and intervention programs have been a central piece of student retention programming on college campuses. Now, recent innovations are taking these programs further.
Across higher education, our 2013 report on college student retention practices shows nine of every 10 colleges and universities—four-year and two-year, private and public—report having an early-alert and intervention system. But the report also shows that triggers for the alerts have changed over the years, thanks in part to today’s technologies.
For example, many institutions now use tracking software to trigger alerts by monitoring student class performance and attendance. Other institutions ask incoming students to self-reveal their needs using early-alert online surveys even before classes begin. Still other institutions are pinpointing incoming students’ risk levels using statistical modeling and analytics. Many campuses use multiple, integrated approaches.