Published: Feb. 13, 2020

In its ongoing effort to support student success, the Office of Undergraduate Education is expanding the list of courses invited to participate in the midterm course alert process this spring. 

The process aligns with the university's strategic initiative priority theme/project of creating a common student-centered approach to teaching and learning, and aims to improve graduation rates for students. By alerting students early in the semester, they have the time to take corrective action, whether that means seeking additional instructor help or guidance, engaging a tutor or modifying their schedule accordingly. 

"Faculty and staff participation in the midterm course alert is critical to meeting the goals of student success," said Beth Myers, assistant vice provost for student success initiatives. "This intervention assists faculty as an additional resource to contact students and discuss their choices, but does not replace direct contact by faculty with a student."

On Monday, Feb. 17, faculty and instructors from over 1,200 courses across campus will receive an email request to complete a feedback form on student performance in their classes. Faculty feedback will be accepted through Wednesday, Feb. 26, and the indicated students will be notified soon thereafter. Advisors and other student success staff will then be able to reach out to students to offer resources and suggestions for improving performance.

"These outreach efforts complement faculty support of students by intentionally having our advising and student success staff engage with them and encourage the use of college and campus resources to help them get back on track," said Myers. "The sharing of this information is within FERPA parameters with an 'educational need to know' to support student success."

For more information about the university’s student success initiatives and the midterm course alert, contact Beth Myers at myersb@colorado.edu.