Lasell’s Early Action Partnership for Student Success (LEAPS)
Lasell’s Early Action Partnership for Student Success (LEAPS), led by a faculty-staff LEAPS Committee, enhances and coordinates the academic warning system to support academic advising. In addition to the individual conferences that occur informally throughout the semester between students and faculty, several formal mechanisms are also in place. These mechanisms are important advising tools that create opportunities for students, especially first-year students, to discuss their academic progress and explore appropriate resources such as classroom faculty, academic advisors, the Center for Academic Achievement, and the Counseling Center.
LEAPS Electronic Early Alert Form
The electronic early alert system is an important feature of the LEAPS initiative. The alert system, which draws on the resources of and supports the advising system, provides an opportunity for instructors to alert advisors whose advisees have displayed early signs of academic distress. Signs of risk may occur in the classroom or in class preparation and may be reflected in areas such as attendance, test performance, classroom behavior, assignments, and study skills. The alert can be issued at any point in the semester; instructors, especially instructors of first-year students, are encouraged to submit an alert during the first few weeks. Electronic early alert provides an opportunity for triangulation of effort and attention on the part of instructor, advisor, and student. It also offers crucial advising information: Early action can be intervention at the lowest level, before an academic situation escalates.
Electronic Early Alert System (LEAPS Form) Contacts
- After addressing an area of concern with the student, a course instructor may choose to notify the academic advisor, as a means of strengthening a support network for the student. The instructor completes an electronic form, found under the LEAPS column of each class roster.
- A message is automatically sent to the student, asking him or her to make an appointment with the advisor immediately to discuss course status.
- A message is sent directly to the advisor, who meets with the student to explore resources and strategies for improving the student’s current level of success in the class.
The midterm progress reports are issued prior to the midpoint of the semester and include the following ratings for each course:
- GD means Good: B or above
- S means Satisfactory: C or B-
- WA means Warning: C- or below
The Dean of Advising and First Year Programs sends a warning letter to all students receiving two or more midterm warning ratings. A copy is also sent to the advisor; these letters are sent via email and standard mail to campus and off-campus addresses. The letter, also endorsed by the LEAPS program, urges students to contact their instructors and advisors as soon as possible.