Student Success - Academic Early Warning

Academic Early Warning is one of the ways that Pierce College faculty and staff work together to improve student success. This tool is voluntary, optional and faculty-initiated. Early warning is the practice of identifying and alerting students who are displaying potentially problematic behaviors early in the quarter. Early intervention is intended to allow students enough time to change their behaviors in order to: pass the course; connect with campus resources, if needed; or withdraw if life circumstances do not permit them to commit to their studies.

Identified students will receive an early warning message from the Retention and Transition Success team in their student Gmail account. The message will encourage students to contact the professor(s) who submitted the alert and provide them with a list of campus resources.

Frequently asked questions for students:

Why did I receive an early warning message?
If your professors participate in early warning and they have concerns about your behaviors, such as absences from class, missing assignments, or lack of participation, they will initiate the early warning system. The professors notify the Retention and Success team of their concerns and an email message is then sent to you. By being informed of your academic status, you can adjust your behaviors accordingly.

Will all students receive an early warning message?
Only students who have been identified by their professor(s) as having absences, missed assignments, or lack of participation will receive a notification. Research shows these behaviors are associated with academic failure. Not all professors use early warning in their classes.

When are early warning messages sent?
The notification messages are usually sent to students in the second or third weeks of the quarter.

How will it affect me if I receive an early warning message?
Early warning is a way to inform students about potentially -problematic behaviors. It is not based on grades, will not affect financial aid or scholarships, and will not go on your permanent record.

Who should I contact with questions after I receive an early warning message?
It is highly recommended that you contact your professor first with any course questions. If needed, a member of the Retention and Success team can refer you to campus resources.

Who will know if I was sent an early warning?
Besides the professor(s) who identified you, the Retention and Success team will be able to view a report of alerted students. For students who are in programs such as TRIO, Running Start, Raider Athletics, WorkFirst or those on academic probation, student services staff will be able to view your report as well.

Where can I find help if I need it?
Campus resources such as the Academic Support Center (Fort Steilacoom), Academic Resource Center (Puyallup), Advising Center, counseling services, and Access and Disability Services are available to help you. Your professors and the Retention and Success team can also provide you with suggestions and ideas to help you achieve your academic goals.

Jennifer Cooke
Retention and Transition Success Manager (FS)
(253) 964-6592

Tony Grace
Student Success Manager (eL)
(253) 912-3778
Online Office