Redesigning an Academic Early Alert System: Creating Faculty Buy-in

Amid decreased state funding (McCluskey & Edwards 2009) and calls for increased accountability (Basken, 2008) there is a renewed sense of urgency in retaining students. Undoubtedly, one method to assist in retaining students is to implement an early warning system that effectively helps faculty identify and assist students with academic issues. Establishing such an alert system was the goal of the task force at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. The task force consisted of the dean of enrollment management; the dean of student success; the dean of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; the executive director of institutional effectiveness; the associate provost; the director of student advisement and career planning; a retention/completion specialist; and a faculty member.

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