What is the Early Alert system used by my professors and how will it help me be successful?
Early Alerts are email notices you may receive from your instructor when there is a concern about your performance in class. Instructors send Early Alerts to students through their myFCC email when students have frequent absences, missed assignments or exams, or are handing in late work. Your instructor will list specific actions you should consider, and will provide information about a variety of support services to help you. Don’t ignore Early Alerts!!! They are intended to be an early warning system so you can take the steps needed to be successful in the course. If you receive an Early Alert, talk to your instructor right away to get back on track!
- Talk to your instructor about the problem as soon as possible to get recommendations for how to improve in the course.
- Seek help through the many academic support services available to all students (Tutoring, Writing Center, Math Learning Center, Study Skills Workshops, and Services for Students with Disabilities). All college services and resources are provided FREE of charge to students.
- Meet with your advisor to help you identify possible options, including:
- change your class status from credit to audit to remove the grading pressure. It would avoid a bad grade and would be advised if you plan to retake this course again for credit.
- withdraw from the course in order to salvage your grade point average and free your time so you can do better in your remaining classes.
Remember that the last day to withdraw (or change from credit to audit) is listed in the Academic Calendar each semester.
BE AWARE that both actions could affect your financial aid status. All students receiving Financial Aid should consult with the Financial Aid Staff in J-301 (301-846-2620) prior to withdrawing or switching to auditing a course.
Athletes!!!! BEFORE making changes to your schedule, all student athletes should check with the Athletic Director to discuss the impact of withdrawing or switching to audit as either action could affect your eligibility!
If you need help to determine your best course of action, contact your advisor, or the Counseling & Advising Office to arrange an appointment at 301-846-2471, or 301-846-2625 TDD.