Progress Reports/Early Alert

Progress Reports

Progress Reports are a useful way to help students know early on in a semester if they are not meeting the goals and objectives of a course. Whereas mid-term grade reporting only identifies a student’s current grade, Progress Reports ask about a student’s overall performance in the class and academic progress. Ideally, providing this information before the mid-point of the semester enables  students to seek assistance in time to achieve a positive outcome.

UCA asks faculty to complete Progress Reports each semester for students who:

  • have completed fewer than 45 credit hours at UCA
  • are first-year transfer students
  • are on Academic Probation
  • are in the UCAN Program
  • are student athletes

As part of the Progress Report, faculty are asked to indicate which students might be “at-risk” of not passing the course based on academic behaviors and performance as of the reporting date.  This may be different for each course based on grading criteria, attendance policies, and other guidelines.

Faculty are sent a request to complete the reports through GradesFirst from the Academic Advising Center (AAC).  Students are sent an email from the AAC if an alert is issued by a faculty member, and are encouraged to meet with either the faculty member, their Academic Advisor, or a peer Success Coach to develop a plan for improvement.

Fall 2018 schedule:

  • Progress Reports open for faculty submission September 24-October 5
  • Students notified of any reports issued on September 28, October 3, and October 8.

For more information on How to complete a progress report, follow the link.

Questions about Progress Reports or GradesFirst? Contact: Nadia Eslinger,

Early Alert Reports

Faculty can issue an Alert on any student at any time throughout the year through GradesFirst.  Alerts should be issued in cases in which a student has had excessive absences, is struggling academically and needs a referral to academic support, or the faculty member believes an intervention by the student’s Academic Advisor is warranted.

For more information on How to Issue an Alert, follow the link.

Questions about Early Alert or GradesFirst? Contact: Nadia Eslinger,