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Academic Alert
Faculty Participating in the Buc Path Academic Alert Program (GradesFirst)

Improving student success requires identifying students who need assistance. East Tennessee State University is committed to student success. The Buc Path Academic Alert program using GradesFirst technology simplifies the ability for a faculty member to identify students who need assistance or who may be "at risk’ of failing a course.  


During the 3rd week of the semester, faculty who have one or more freshmen students in their course(s) will receive an e-mail with a link to enter GradesFirst.  Upon clicking the link, faculty will then see all of their course sections with only the Freshmen students listed. Faculty can then indicate students about whom they have a concern. Once entered, two things happen simultaneously - the student receives an e-mail generated by GradesFirst notifying them that an academic alert report has been sent and a report of this alert is sent  to the Buc Path Academic Alert Advisors. The advisors will then contact the student to offer help and connect them to the appropriate resources.

For detailed instruction 
on Entering Buc Path Academic Alerts, click on the link below: 

Instruction Guide on Entering Buc Path Academic Alerts for Freshmen


What is Buc Path Academic Alert?
The Buc Path Academic Alert is a program for Freshmen students that provide professors the opportunity to identify students who appear to be having academic difficulty in a class. A student may receive an academic alert due to attendance, poor grades, personal issues, etc. 
How does Buc Path  Academic Alert work? 
Professors will notify the Buc Path Academic Alert advisors.  Students will then be contacted by phone or e-mail. 
What should I do if I receive an Academic Alert?
You should respond by phone or e-mail immediately to discuss the situation.
How do students benefit from Buc Path  Academic Alert?
Students will receive personalized attention to work toward a successful resolution based on the situation. If needed, referrals to appropriate campus resources will be made. Our goal is to help students succeed and graduate! 

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