Early Alerts


What are Early Alerts?

BGSU utilizes SSC Campus Early Alert for the early identification, outreach and support of undergraduate students in foundational courses who may need some academic assistance. Early Alerts are used to help us reach students who are struggling academically early enough in the semester to help them find the resources they need to be successful in college.

Specifically, Early Alerts are used to help

  • Identify and prioritize students needing extra assistance in critical foundational courses
  • Engage in conversations with students who may be at academic risk in order to help them identify and access
    academic support offices and initiatives early on in their collegiate careers to successfully remediate any challenges
  • Simplify intervention by aggregating previously disparate data into a holistic view of students' progress

Who Issues Early Alerts?

Faculty and Advisors can submit alerts through SSC Campus Early Alert utilizing a group of performance indicators and behaviors we consider critical indicators of overall academic success.

These include:

  • Poor Attendance
  • Missing Assignments
  • Poor Class Participation
  • Low Quiz/Test Scores
  • Unsatisfactory Academic Performance
  • Inadequate Homework or Assignments


First, read the Alert email carefully. Check to see if your instructor has added any comments to the Alert. Follow the instructions. Talk to the instructor who raised the alert. Instructor office hours are a great opportunity to have this conversation. After you speak with your instructor, you might find it beneficial to consult with your academic advisor for follow up discussions. One of the most common mistakes students make is not asking for help. Even the most successful students access academic support services. 

Students may receive alerts as described above from either their instructors or their academic advisors. Alerts are issued to assist students who show early signs of academic challenges. Early Alerts are informational for students, and answer the question of HOW you are doing in your classes. Midterm Grading, which takes place later in the semester, provides you a letter grade indicating your overall academic performance.

The Alert is resolved when you take action to remediate the issues that were raised. Common action steps include visiting the Learning Commons for tutoring, developing plans to study more often and more efficiently, creating and using an effective note-taking strategy, adopting time management and organization strategies, and making the commitment to become a more engaged, active learner.

Early Alerts are informational for students; meaning that they do not directly affect grades, and they are not placed on students' transcripts.

Early Alerts typically take place during weeks 3-5 of Fall and Spring semesters. The reporting period for Spring 2018 is January 22-February 9. Although we target specific courses in the reporting period that are key for first-year students, all instructors have the ability to raise alerts at any point throughout the semester.

Have questions? Don't know who to contact?

Contact Cyndie Roberts in Undergraduate Advising and Academic Services located in 292 Hayes Hall either by phone number, 419-372-7219, or by email, crobert@bgsu.edu.

Student Academic Support Services