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Early Alert Program
Bldg B, Room B120, ECC Campus
Tel: 847-214-7764

Early Alert Intervention Program

What is Early Alert?

A student centered program designed to support academic and personal success.

The Early Alert academic program is a team effort by ECC faculty, administrators and support staff to boost student retention and graduation rates. The referral process continues throughout the semester; however, the first four weeks are critical for student retention and success. 


  • Early Detection and Intervention
  • Assessment and Support
  • Connection and Resources

Benefits to Faculty

  • Interdepartmental collaboration
  • Provides support and resources
  • Secured referral system
  • Data report and analysis at the end of semester

Reasons to Refer

Formal documentation of instructor concerns related to:

  • Academic and personal difficulties interfering with learning
    • Attendance/Tardiness
    • Participation/Motivation
    • Quality of work
    • Late/missing assignments
    • Low exam/quiz scores
    • Other
  • Behavior and attitude warranting intervention
  • Referral to ECC or community resources
  • Create, support life success plan

How to Report a Student Concern

When an instructor identifies a student for Early Alert Intervention, he/she should document the concern using the Early Alert system. Reports should be submitted as early in the semester as possible.

  1. Log into the Employee Portal at
  2. Go to the "Self-Services" menu on the right-hand side of the screen
  3. Click on Faculty menu
  4. Choose Class Roster
  5. Click name of student you would like to refer
  6. Click the link to Early Referral at the bottom of the page
  7. Follow the additional prompts to document the specific reasons for referral and your concerns

What Happens Next?

A personalized letter will be mailed to the student's home address. The letter describes the particular issue and encourages the student to discuss it with the instructor.

  • Student will meet with faculty to discuss the referral and develop action plan.
  • If the student is identified with a particular population (TRIO, Health Professions, Career-Technical Education, etc.) a case manager will also contact the student to provide short-term intervention and recommend resources. Students not included in special populations will be assigned to a general case manager.
  • Case managers follow up targeted student's and report result back to faculty.


To maintain the collaborative effort, please contact the Early Alert Coordinator regarding referral or technical concerns contact Vany Wells at 847-214-7764 or, College Transitions & Developmental Education (CTDE) division.

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