By now you are getting to know your students and have an idea of who they are as learners. Perhaps you have already discussed accommodation agreements with specific students and you are looking for ways to ensure that each student achieves learning objectives and course competencies. One way to communicate with students is the Early Progress Report (EPR).
This fall the deadline for Early Progress Reports is October 27th at 2pm. But, there is no reason that you need to wait until then. Students may find it helpful to have these reports earlier. The sooner they understand the nature of the problem, the sooner they can make changes, discuss options for staying in the class, and perhaps most importantly, they can get the help they need to be successful in your course. Even more importantly, the more quickly struggling students are identified and receive academic support; the more likely they are to stay in college and achieve educational goals.
If you have an inkling that a student may be struggling, but are not be sure how to help, the EPR can set the stage for additional academic support. Use the ERP for students who are not making satisfactory progress in your course or who might be displaying behaviors what could lead to academic difficulty (i.e. tardiness or absenteeism).
In the early progress report, you can include information about:
- Course expectations (you might include excerpts from the syllabus)
- Detailed feedback about student work
- Suggestions about extra academic help (tutoring, use of class resources, etc)
- Ideas for improvement
- Your office hours and contact information
The ERP can create accountability. It encourages the student to take steps to remedy the situation and make improvements. It can also alert the student’s advisor about challenges the student is facing.
To help tailor your suggestions to students facing failure or academic difficulty here are some helpful links for resources at GCC:
- Wellness Center (Disability and Accessibility Services)
- Peer Tutoring
- Student Success Series
- Writing Assistance
- Student Technology Help Desk
- Math studio
- Social Science Studio
- Science Studio