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How does G.E.A.R.S. work?

Instructors identify students experiencing academic difficulties and submit an Early Alert Referral form.  Early Alert students receive an email message from instructors.  The email explains the instructors’ concerns and asks them to meet with the instructors or counselors.

Students may receive an alert email due to the following concerns.


  • Excessive absences
  • Missing tests or assigments
  • Homework problem
  • Classroom behavior
  • Tardiness
  • Low scores on tests/ assignments

The instructors or counselors work with students to address any difficulties that students are having with the course and together develop an action plan to help students. 

Students may be referred to campus support services such as the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, Math Lab, Health Center or Student Success Center.  Since the Early Alert is sent via email, students are asked to check emails frequently. 

We will contact students directly if they do not respond to the email alert within a few days.

Last modified: December 16, 2011
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