Early Alert

The Early Alert Program is designed to assist students who may be experiencing academic or personal difficulties and provide strategies and campus resources to help them succeed at Delta College. A key component of the Early Alert Program is to exhibit a team effort between faculty, administrative professionals, and support staff at the college to provide early intervention to students who may exhibit behaviors that may cause them to fail their courses.

The Early Alert Program is developed for faculty, staff and Student Success Advisors to work together as a team in an involved, proactive and supportive manner to increase student retention and success. It is not intended to replace the necessity of faculty/student engagement. The academic interventions are to provide support and assistance to students and are not disciplinary in nature.


Purpose of Early Alert

Our goal is to identify and effectively intervene with students who are exhibiting at-risk behaviors thus increasing retention and reducing the number of students on academic caution, probation and/or suspension while protecting use of financial aid dollars.

    • Reach and assist "at-risk" students early in the semester
    • Help students succeed in their classes by providing strategies, support and on-campus and/or off-campus resources
    • Increase student success

Outcomes and objectives

Our objectives are to improve success and retention of students, while increasing communication between students, faculty, and academic advisors and to encourage our students to use available student support services.

Measurable outcomes:

    • Improve student persistence
    • Increase first year retention rate
    • Decrease the number of first time freshman on academic probation after the first semester
    • Increase the number of faculty who refer students for early alert each semester
    • Increase course success completion rate for first time freshman each year
    • Increase course completion rate of first time freshman in Developmental Educational courses.

Warning signs

    • Attendance issues or excessive absences
    • Academic/learning difficulties
    • Content assistance (TLC)
    • Learning strategies assistance (TLC)
    • Missing work or poor performance on exams
    • Personal concerns

Frequently asked questions

All faculty and staff can submit a student’s name for outreach. Students can email their advisors directly, use the advising@delta.edu or Pioneer Connect as direct links to supports and services.

It is not necessary for a student to use the form submission.

Once the referral is received in the system, the student will receive an email notifying them of the referral and the purpose of the program. The email will encourage the student to reach out for assistance and give contact information for the Counseling and Advising Office or the Teaching Learning Center – based on the nature of the referral.

Depending on the nature of the referral, the student will either be contacted by the Teaching Learning Center to offer support or by their Student Success Advisor.

Interventions will be determined on a case by case basis. Some student may require a referral to Counseling or other support services, may be scheduled an appointment to meet with an Advisor to discuss academic issues, may be referred to the Food Pantry, Delta’s Closet, or other non-academic supports, may be linked up with content or study skills specialists in the Teaching Learning Center, may be notified of student success workshops to assist with issues they are experiencing or may be connected to financial resources.

Delta College's Early Alert system was developed to provide a referral system for faculty who witnessed students struggling in their courses. The system was set up so faculty could easily refer names of students who may benefit from additional assistance outside of the classroom. Currently the system involves a faculty referral portal, facilitators who receive the referrals, an outreach model to contact referred students and the assistance of the Counseling and Advising Staff as well as the Teaching Learning Center staff to provide academic, as well as personal support to students to help them be successful.