Early Alert & Midterm Grading

BGSU offers two types of academic progress reporting. The first type is the Early Alert initiative, which takes place after the first few weeks of the semester and helps keep your academics on track. The second type of reporting is your midterm grades, which help you assess where you stand halfway into the semester.


EARLY ALERT

Early Alert helps you answer the question "How am I doing?" early in the semester so with assistance, you can remediate any barriers in your way so you can be successful in your courses. 

During the early alert initiative, we will look at six key indicators of successful academic performance:

  • Class participation
  • Remote or online learning
  • Sufficient use of technology 
  • Assignment completion
  • Poor Academic Performance
  • Attendance

If you are succeeding in all six of these areas, you may receive the "Rising Star" alert. If you are falling behind, you will receive a notification and an outreach coordinator will be assigned to assist you.

  • Takes place during the 3-5 weeks of the fall and spring semesters.
  • Does not affect your academic record. 
  • Is a tool to help you stay on track.

What types of Early Alerts can I receive?

Rising Star Alert
If you receive this alert, this means the person who submitted the alert things you are on the right track and you are meeting all of the six key indicators of academic success in the course or program they oversee.

However, just because you receive a Rising Star alert, does not mean you can't ask for help. Your academic journey will challenge you along the way and your struggles may not be noticable from an outsider's perspective. 


Critical Indicator Alert
If an instructor or staff members believe you may be experiencing difficulties in one or more of six key indicators of academic success, they will send you one of the following critical indicator alerts: 

  • Poor Class Participation
  • Difficulty with Remote or Online Learning
  • Technology Difficulties or Lack of Technology
  • Missing Assignments
  • Poor Academic Performance
  • Inconsistent or Poor Attendance

What happens if I receive an Early Alert?

Faculty and staff can submit Early Alerts on your behalf for one or more of the critical indicators listed above. When this happens, you will receive a phone call and/or a text message from our support staff whose main goal is to see you succeed. It is important that you connect with them quickly so you have an opportunity to utilize all the support and resources they have to offer.


MIDTERM GRADING

Midterms help you answer the question "What would my final letter grade be if the semester ended today?" at the halfway point in the semester so you are aware of where you stand in each course and have time to seek help and make adjustments.

Your midterm grades do not affect your academic record. During midterms, you can check your grades by logging in to the MyBGSU Student Center. The Office of Registration and Records provides additional information about how to check your grades. 

  • Takes place during the 5-8 weeks of the fall and spring semesters.
  • Does not affect your academic record. 
  • Is a tool to help you stay on track.

What happens if I receive an unsatisfactory grade?
Students who receive at least one unsatisfactory midterm grade will receive outreach and support from their Academic and Career Planning Specialist.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • First, read the Alert email carefully and follow the instructions outlined. 
  • Check to see if your instructor has added any comments to the alert. 
  • 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 and Career Planning Specialist 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 and Career Planning Specialist. 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 and midterm grading 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. 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.

Midterm grades are reported between the 5-8 weeks of the fall and spring semesters.