Initial Assessment:  To implement the state required Student Success and Support Program (SSSP), colleges are required to proactively work with students on probation and those who have been dismissed from the college. The Los Rios colleges desire to implement an Early Alert System, where one component will be access to a technology tool that allows faculty at the course level to easily reach out to at-risk students early in the term to inform them of support services to increase their prospects of success.

Plans:

  1. Form a district-wide taskforce in fall 2017 to identify desired functions of an early alert tool and complete a review of early alert tool products, including those provided by the state Education Planning Initiative.
    1. Lead(s): Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Services (AVC-SS), Vice Presidents of Student Services (VPSSs), DOIT Application Services
    2. Funding Resources: Existing resources
    3. College and District Roles: Colleges will provide advice on needed early alert tool functions and assist in review of potential tool products.  AVC-SS and DOIT Application Services will provide project and technical leadership.
  2. Select, purchase, and implement an early alert tool by December 2019.
    1. Lead(s): AVC-SS, VPSSs, DOIT Application Services
    2. Funding Resources: SSSP funds
    3. College and District Roles: AVC-SS and DOIT Application Services will provide project and technical leadership. Colleges will provide advice on tool selection and college and faculty end-users.  District and/or college research offices will track student course success rates.

Indicators of Success:

  1. Early alert tool in place and operational with end-users trained.
  2. Faculty use tool to communicate with students and enhance opportunities for student success.
  3. At-risk students are informed about and begin using support services early in the term.
  4. Course success rates increase for students in courses where tool is used.