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Early Alerts in Higher Educations Defined

Early alert systems in higher education are tools that facilitate communication advocacy on campus. In the last ten years, early alert systems and their use in higher education have gained in popularity. Originally designed to provide grade performance feedback to students, platforms like Starfish, allow campus stakeholders to proactively identify students in academic need. Early alert systems help campuses provide targeted success services and assist in data-driven decision-making.

Research on Early Alert Warning Systems

Aguilar, S., Lonn, S., & Teasley, S. D. (2014, March). Perceptions and use of an early warning system during a higher education transition program. In Proceedings of the fourth international conference on learning analytics and knowledge (pp. 113-117).

Atif, A., Richards, D., Liu, D., & Bilgin, A. A. (2020). Perceived benefits and barriers of a prototype early alert system to detect engagement and support ‘at-risk’students: The teacher perspective. Computers & Education, 156, 103954.

Bentham, C. (2017). Faculty perspectives and participation in implementing an early alert system and intervention in a community college.

Berens, J., Schneider, K., Görtz, S., Oster, S., & Burghoff, J. (2018). Early detection of students at risk–predicting student dropouts using administrative student data and machine learning methods.

Foung, D. (2020). Making good suggestions in analytics-based early alert systems: Shaping minds and changing behaviours. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education12(1), 109-123.

Harrison, S., Villano, R., Lynch, G., & Chen, G. (2021). Microeconometric Approaches in Exploring the Relationships Between Early Alert Systems and Student Retention: A Case Study of a Regionally Based University in Australia. Journal of Learning Analytics, 8(3), 170-186.

Harrison, S., Villano, R., Lynch, G., & Chen, G. (2016, April). Measuring financial implications of an early alert system. In Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (pp. 241-248).

Hill, J. A. T. (2021). Using logistic regression to examine the relationship between early alert systems and success in mathematics (Doctoral dissertation, Northern Illinois University).

Jackson, F. B. (2021). First-Year Perceptions: How Does Starfish Retention Solutions™ Help with Student Engagement? (Doctoral dissertation, Eastern Kentucky University).

Jensen, D. (2022). Faculty’s perceived values of early alert systems and predictive analytics at broad access institutions of higher education (Doctoral dissertation).

Plak, S., Cornelisz, I., Meeter, M., & van Klaveren, C. (2022). Early warning systems for more effective student counselling in higher education: Evidence from a Dutch field experiment. Higher Education Quarterly, 76(1), 131-152.

Sage, A. J., Cervato, C., Genschel, U., & Ogilvie, C. A. (2021). Combining academics and social engagement: A major-specific early alert method to counter student attrition in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice22(4), 611-626.

Simons, J. M. (2011). A national study of student early alert models at four-year institutions of higher education. Arkansas State University.

Tight, M. (2020). Student retention and engagement in higher education. Journal of further and Higher Education, 44(5), 689-704.

Velasco, J. M. (2020). Early alert programs: A closer look (Doctoral dissertation, Valdosta State University).

Villano, R., Harrison, S., Lynch, G., & Chen, G. (2018). Linking early alert systems and student retention: a survival analysis approach. Higher Education, 76, 903-920.

Williams, M. L. (2023). Exploring the perspectives and lived experiences of academic advisors who use an academic early alert system an the University of Missouri (Doctoral dissertation, University of Missouri--Columbia).

Zawacki-Richter, O., Marín, V. I., Bond, M., & Gouverneur, F. (2019). Systematic review of research on artificial intelligence applications in higher education–where are the educators?. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 16(1), 1-27.

Videos on Early Alerts

Early Success, Not Early Alerts - 2023 Engage Summit:

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Websites on Early Alert Warning Systems

3 reasons why your early-alert program is falling short, February 19, 2019

Academic Early Warning System, UNC Chapel Hill

At-Risk Prediction Instruments, Early-Alert Systems & Exit Interviews: A Proactive-to-Reactive Continuum of Efforts to Promote Student Success, Joe Cuseo,, Early-Alert (Early-Warning) Procedures, Shawnee State University:

Best Practices for Effective Faculty Early Alerts, March 17,

Early Alert Systems in Higher Education, Nov. 2014

National Clearinghouse for Early Alert Initiatives in Higher Education

Student Success Programs at Georgia State, Early Alert, Georgia State University

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