Early Alerts: An opportunity to improve student retention and success.
Completing GradesFirst Early Alerts for your students means they will be contacted and provided resources at CCC to help them succeed and stay on track! The Spring 2015 Early alert campaigns begin with the Attendance Campaign on Monday, January 12th. The complete Attendance and Progress Report campaign schedules are below:
Attendance increases the likelihood that students will successfully persist and complete their classes. During the attendance campaign, City Colleges staff reach out to all students who are marked absent by their professor in GradesFirst for any of their courses.
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>||Term Start Date
|1st Eight Week
||Monday, January 12 – Sunday January 18|
||Monday, January 12 – Sunday, January 25|
||Monday, February 9 – Wednesday, February 18|
|2nd Eight Week
||Monday, March 9 – Sunday, March 15|
By submitting an Early Alert progress report through GradesFirst, professors can identify students in need of support who are then provided with resources and referrals to academic advising, tutoring, and other student services. Students can log into GradesFirst to find their assigned Advisor and schedule advising and tutoring appointments.
As one faculty member who uses GradesFirst attests:
||Term Start Date
|1st Eight Week
||Monday, January 26 - Sunday, February 1|
||Monday, January 26 - Sunday, February 8|
||Monday, February 23 - Wednesday, March 4|
|2nd Eight Week
||Monday, March 16 - Sunday, March 22|
I think GradesFirst has been helpful, as I noticed that students take the messages seriously and it lets them know what steps they can take to improve their grades. Reaching out to students individually makes them realize that someone is looking out for them, and for many students, this prompts them to take action to improve. I plan to use GradesFirst on a more regular basis each semester, now that I am familiar with it.
If you have not used GradesFirst, log in
and check it out today.
Please see the Faculty Guide (under Faculty Training), contact the GradesFirst faculty trainer at your college for training opportunities and support, or logon to Blackboard
to access the GradesFirst Training Site.
- Schedule advising and tutoring appointments online.
- Communicate with their advisors via phone, email, text messaging, or Facebook.
- Easily identify which students need additional help and notify both students and advisors, who can then assist students with additional academic support, tutoring, or referrals.
- Put their advising availability online.
- Communicate with students via phone, email, text messaging, or Facebook
- Run reports to track advising efforts and ensure students are on the path to success.
GradesFirst features include:
- Easy access from any computer connected to the web.
- Easy access from a mobile device.
- Easy access from Facebook.
- Enhanced Early Alert System allowing faculty members to quickly notify both students and advisors when students are struggling in classes.
- Online appointment-making features for advising and tutoring.
- Calendars that reflect class schedules and sync with private calendars.