Frequently Asked Questions - In-Progress Notifications

What is the University policy?

What is the University policy?

University policy for the Twin Cities, Rochester, and Morris campuses states:

  1. Instructors are required to provide in-progress notifications for all 1-XXX courses to students who, on the basis of performance to date in the course, appear to be in danger of receiving a grade of D, F, or N. Such notification will be provided to students within a timeframe to allow them to improve their academic performance or to withdraw by the withdrawal deadline. In-progress notifications will not be recorded on transcripts.
  2. Instructors are encouraged to provide in-progress notifications for all courses and all students.
  3. The provision of in-progress notifications is a courtesy to the student. Failure to receive an in-progress notification or a decline in a student's academic performance after a notification has been issued does not create the right for a student to contest a grade in a course.

Why are In-progress Notifications important?

Why are In-progress Notifications important?

Studies of student learning underscore the importance of frequent and timely feedback as an important contribution to success in student learning. Past experience shows that for students in academic difficulty, a timely notification about performance can result in appropriate corrective action. In-progress notifications also help advisers develop strategies for academic success with their advisees.

Where are in-progress notifications submitted?

Where are in-progress notifications submitted?

In-progress notifications are accessed via the Grade Rosters tab in the MyU Faculty Center. Each course will have a midterm grade roster (PeopleSoft terminology) available in the grading tab in Faculty Center. Please refer to the Academic Support Resources quick start guide about "Mid-term Grade Entry" for more information.

When should do in-progress notifications be submitted?

When should do in-progress notifications be submitted?

University of Minnesota policy states that "Such notification will be provided to students within a timeframe to allow them to improve their academic performance or to withdraw by the withdrawal deadline." Practically speaking, in-progress notifications are intended to be given during the 4th to 8th week of classes as at the end of the 8th week, students would still have approximately two weeks to cancel their enrollment, if needed, without college consent.

Do I have to assign a specific grade?

Do I have to assign a specific grade?

In order to submit an in-progress notification through the Faculty Center, a grade must be entered that matches the course's grading basis with additional feedback provided as a note or comment. If a student's progress has been unsatisfactory thus far, this is the reccomended way to notify them.

Mid-term grades must match the grading basis of the course, for example a grade of S cannot be assigned if a student is taking a course on an A-F grading basis. Instructors may choose to provide additional information to students including any or all of the following: a specific grade for work to date, comments on attendance, or comments on any other aspects of course performance in the notes field.

Is this only for 1xxx-level courses?

Is this only for 1xxx-level courses?

If you are teaching a 1xxx-level course and your college/campus does not operate its own system of in-progress notifications, you are asked to use the in-progress notification system. A key difference is that advisers will be notified when students appear headed for academic difficulty and can help re-enforce the need for a student to improve his or her study skills and seek appropriate help. The help from advisers can be especially important when students are having difficulty in more than one class, a situation that would usually be unknown to a single instructor.

Do I have to submit the in-progress notifications all at once?

Do I have to submit the in-progress notifications all at once?

No, you may submit any number of notifications at one time, and can edit any notification throughout the semester. However, editing a mid-term grade overwrites that data and there will not be a record of the original mid-term grade.

How will students be notified?

How will students be notified?

Students will be notified via MyU that mid-term grades are now or will be available to them in the near future as they are updated by their instructors.

Will the in-progress notification system be operating for May session, summer term or half-term classes?

Will the in-progress notification system be operating for May session, summer term or half-term classes?

No.

What help is available for students whose work is unsatisfactory?

What help is available for students whose work is unsatisfactory?

I teach a large 1xxx course with discussion and/or lab sections. Do I have to submit the in-progress notifications or can my TA?

I teach a large 1xxx course with discussion and/or lab sections. Do I have to submit the in-progress notifications or can my TA?

If your TAs are listed as the instructor of record for their section, they will have access to the in-progress notification system.

What do students think of the in-progress notification system?

What do students think of the in-progress notification system?

Students at the University of Minnesota have supported the development of a in-progress notification system. When the University of Missouri implemented their "Early Alert System", they surveyed students. The Executive Summary of their report includes the following:

When students were asked what their reaction was to receiving the Early Alert notice, the majority said it served as a real "wake-up call" to do something.

When asked what action students took as a result of the Early Alert notice, the majority stated that they studied more, talked to their parents and peers, discussed the issue with their TA or instructor, and/or reduced time socializing and partying.