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Always Alert

About Always Alert

Always Alert at Gordon State College seeks to provide support to students who have demonstrated characteristics that hinder academic performance and scholastic success. Some characteristics may include:

  • Excessive tardiness or absences
  • Lack of participation and engagement in the course
  • Failure to submit assignments or submission of incomplete assignments
  • Grades that indicate potential failure in the course

Throughout each semester, faculty members may complete reports for students in their courses that notifies the Student Success Center of students who may benefit from additional resources and support.

The notification is not a grade and is not reported in the student’s academic record. The Always Alert notification affords the students an opportunity to make academic modifications and improvements in a timely manner to achieve scholastic success by the end of the semester.

The Always Alert program helps students:

  • Recognize academic challenges
  • Identify resources and strategies to address academic challenges
  • Take ownership and become empowered to accomplish their goals for academic success
  • Take advantage of campus resources

What to do if you receive an Always Alert Notification

Students receive Always Alert notifications via email to the student’s @gordonstate.edu address. If you receive one or more Always Alert notification(s) please take the following actions immediately:

  1. Read all correspondence regarding the Always Alert notification carefully.
  2. Email alwaysalert@gordonstate.edu to make an appointment to meet with an Academic Coach.
  3. Schedule an appointment with your professor issuing the notification to discuss strategies for improvement.

Always Alert Frequently Asked Questions

What is Always Alert?

Always Alert at Gordon State College is an initiative that seeks to provide support to students who have demonstrated behaviors that may hinder academic performance and overall success. This outreach effort is a partnership between faculty and the Student Success Center.

What is an Always Alert intervention?

Always Alert interventions are an opportunity for students to meet with an academic coach to accomplish the following:

  • Recognize academic challenges
  • Identify resources and strategies to address academic challenges
  • Take ownership and become empowered to accomplish their goals for academic success
  • Take advantage of campus resources 

Based on area of focus, each referred student is assigned an academic coach who will aid students in creating a plan for academic success.

Are Always Alert intervention meetings mandatory?

Yes. Attending an Always Alert Intervention is mandatory for any student referred for one or more of the following: grades, participation, and/or attendance. Once referred, failure to schedule and attend a meeting will result in a hold placed on your account.

How long will the intervention meeting take?

Always Alert interventions are brief, lasting between 10 and 20 minutes.

Can I have my intervention meeting over the phone?

Yes. If you do not attend classes at the main campus in Barnesville, GA, you may arrange a telephone conference with your academic coach.

What do I do if my professor accidently referred me?

If you believe that your professor has mistakenly referred you, please ask your professor to email alwaysalert@gordonstate.edu informing us of the error.

How do I lift the Always Alert hold on my account?

Holds can only be lifted after you have attended an Always Alert intervention meeting. Please contact your academic coach or email alwaysalert@gordonstate.edu to schedule your meeting.

If you have attended a meeting but still have a hold on your account, email alwaysalert@gordonstate.edu about your situation and we will lift the hold.

What do I do if I missed my Always Alert intervention appointment?

If you miss an appointment, contact your academic coach to reschedule. If you are unsure of who your coach is, ask us by emailing alwaysalert@gordonstate.edu.


Contact Us

Have any questions or comments? Please contact us by emailing alwaysalert@gordonstate.edu.