Each semester, we ask professors to provide feedback about the students in their classes early in the semester. We use this process to identify students who might benefit from outreach, tutoring, or other support services. Through these Early Alerts, faculty are asked to indicate academic or attendance concerns.
If you are teaching and would like instructions to post early warning notes, please visit this Academic Affairs page.
What do I do if I have Early Alerts?
If you receive outreach from your faculty advisor or an Advisor-Coach from the Student Success Center, you should first speak with your professor to let them know that you have received information on the alert. Ideally, speak to your instructor during office hours.
We also recommend students consult with their academic advisors for ways to improve their grades or to visit the Student Success Center to learn about tutoring, workshops, coaching, and support.
Most importantly, remember this process is intended to ensure you have the resources you need to be successful at Loyola. All students struggle from time to time, and that is part of the normal academic journey.
When faculty are asked to review their class roster, they must provide a flag for each student. If you do not receive outreach from your faculty advisor or an Advisor-Coach from the Student Success Center about an Early Alert, you are making “satisfactory progress” – this means that your professor entered notes about your progress in class but did not have a concern about you. In other words, it's a good sign!
If you receive outreach from your faculty advisor or an Advisor-Coach from the Student Success Center about an “academic difficulty” Early Alert, this means that your professor has reviewed your performance on early assignments and wants to connect you with support that can help you perform better. We recommend checking in with your professor, faculty advisor, and an Advisor-Coach (who can provide success coaching that will benefit you in all classes).
Connecting with your Professors
If you do not know where you stand in a course, speak with your professor during office hours. Office hours for each of your professors are listed on your course syllabi.