What are course alerts?

Course alerts are an important component in ensuring undergraduate student success.The process aligns with the university's strategic initiative priority of creating a common student-centered approach to teaching and learning and aims to improve retention and graduation rates for students. If students are alerted early in the semester, they have the time to take action, whether that means seeking additional instructor help or guidance, engaging a tutor or modifying their schedule accordingly.

A course alert may be submitted for undergraduate students who are not completing assignments, are missing class, are performing poorly on tests and assignments, or are otherwise struggling and may need help. Instructors from courses across campus are being asked to fill out a feedback form on student performance in their classes. Students are notified via email shortly after an instructor identifies them; additionally, advisors and other student success staff will then be able to reach out to students to offer resources and suggestions for improving performance. The sharing of this information is within FERPA parameters with an “educational need to know” to support student success.

The feedback form is available semester weeks 2 - 13, and allows faculty to:

  • indicate students with excessive absences
  • identify students at risk of poor academic performance (below a C)
  • provide additional comments on why they think a student may be struggling in their course

Course Alert Schedule for Fall 2022

Changes to the course alert accommodate four-week, five-week, eight-week, and 10-week sessions. Instructors are encouraged to submit their alerts as early as possible and well before the drop deadline for the term to help students improve their academic performance in the class.

Session Classes begin Last day of classes Last day to drop or change P/F Suggested deadline
Boulder 16-Wk Aug. 22 (Mon) Dec. 8 (Thurs) Oct. 28 (Fri) Oct. 7 (Fri)
Boulder 8-Wk Session 1 Aug. 22 (Mon) Oct. 12 (Wed) Sept. 26 (Mon) Sept. 9 (Fri)
Boulder 8-Wk Session 2 Oct. 13 (Thur) Dec. 9 (Fri) Nov. 16 (Wed) Oct. 28 (Fri)
Boulder 5-Wk Session 1 Aug. 22 (Mon) Sept. 23 (Fri) Sept. 13 (Tues) Sept. 2 (Fri)
Boulder 5-Wk Session 2 Sept. 26 (Mon) Oct. 28 (Fri) Oct. 17 (Mon) Oct. 7 (Fri)
Boulder 5-Wk Session 3 Oct. 31 (Mon) Dec. 8 (Thurs) Nov. 28 (Mon) Nov. 18 (Fri)
Boulder 4-Wk Session 1 Aug. 22 (Mon) Sept. 15 (Thurs) Sept. 7 (Wed) Sept. 1 (Thurs)
Boulder 4-Wk Session 2 Sept. 19 (Mon) Oct. 12 (Wed) Oct. 4 (Tues) Sept. 29 (Thurs)
Boulder 4-Wk Session 3 Oct. 13 (Thurs) Nov. 7 (Mon) Oct. 28 (Fri) Oct. 25 (Tues)
Boulder 4-Wk Session 4 Nov. 8 (Tues) Dec. 8 (Thurs) Nov. 30 (Wed) Nov. 21 (Mon)
CE Full Session Aug. 29 (Mon) Dec. 8 (Thurs) Nov. 1 (Tues) Oct. 7 (Fri)
CE 10-Wk Sept. 26 (Mon) Dec 8 (Thurs) Nov. 9 (Wed) Oct. 26 (Wed)
CE Session 1 Aug. 29 (Mon) Oct. 13 (Thurs) Sept. 28 (Wed) Sept. 16 (Fri)
CE Session 2 Oct. 17 (Mon) Dec. 8 (Thurs) Nov. 16 (Wed) Nov. 4 (Fri)

You can get more information on the OIT website.