Analytic modeling that predicts when students are struggling academically
We want every student to thrive at BYU.
Using sophisticated analytics we can often identify students who are experiencing a rough time academically. When our model predicts that a student is experiencing an academic challenge, we can send a message to the student to remind them about resources on campus that can help them with their specific classes. We can also alert an advisor or a First Year Mentor who has an established relationship with the student so that they can provide the student even more personalized support.
If you get a message from BYU Early Alert or from a mentor or adviser, we want you to understand three things:
- All students struggle academically at some time. BYU is a rigorous environment and can be very challenging. All students need outside help to make it to graduation.
- You can overcome your current challenges. Resources are available to help you. You are not on your own. Reach out to your instructor. Meet with a mentor or advisor. Sign up for tutoring. Visit a TA lab. Use the resources gathered by the Academic Support Office. You are important to us and we want to help you succeed.
- Your data privacy has not been compromised by our predictive model. Our algorithms are created from the statistical modeling of hundreds of variables across multiple years. All of the data calculations occur behind the scenes in the cloud. The only output from the model is a risk score that indicates whether you are at high, medium, or low risk of earning below a 2.0 GPA for the semester. Nobody but you and your instructors know your current grades.