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Early Alert Program

About the Program

The Early Alert Program is a proactive, student-centered system of communication between faculty, staff, academic advisers, and students at West Texas A&M University. The program was designed as an early intervention program to assist students who are continuing to display behavior that puts them at risk for successfully completing a course; identify students potentially at risk for academic, social, financial and/or personal reasons; provide them with the resources to have a successful academic experience; and assist them with progress towards degree completion.

This intervention by Advising Services is not to replace direct contact by faculty with a student, but to assist faculty as an additional resource to contact students and discuss their choices.

Reasons to Refer Students
  • Assignments are missing or poorly completed
  • Chronic absences or tardies
  • Extended illness
  • Low exam grades
  • Low midterm grades
  • Personal issues interfering with performance in class
  • Sudden changes in behavior

How to Refer

All instructors have access to the Early Alert referral system through  WTClass. The Early Alert icon directs instructors to their course roster and a link to the Early Alert referral form. 
 
What Happens Next?
 
The office of Advising Services will make every effort to communicate with the students, address the concerns stated in the Early Alert referral, and assist them in finding resources for academic or personal support. Instructors will receive follow-up information once the student has been contacted and/or the issue has been resolved. 
 
If you have any questions regarding the Early Alert Program, please contact Advising Services at (806) 651-5300.