Early Progress Reports

Early Progress Reports (EPRs) provide a warning to first-year students with unsatisfactory performance (below C-level) in one or more courses. At campuses other than University Park, instructors may send EPRs to all students with unsatisfactory performance. Only full-semester (fifteen-week), credit-bearing courses are included in this reporting process. EPRs are not sent during summer sessions.

Each semester, degree candidates, students admitted to the Division of Undergraduate Studies with Conditions, and nondegree-regular students who have earned 27 or fewer credits and meet the criteria above receive EPRs.

Instructors with students in the designated first-year population are sent an email in the first two weeks of the semester with instructions for participation in the EPR process. Instructors submit EPRs on eLion.

A demo of the eLion EPR service is available in the student, adviser, and faculty menus. Beginning fall 2016, the EPR service will be offered as a progress survey in Starfish.

Student Notification

When an instructor submits an EPR, the student receives an email notification. The email directs the student to the EPR function in the Advising service on eLion. The eLion report indicates why the student's work is not satisfactory, includes advice/resources that can help the student improve, and encourages the student to meet with his/her instructor and academic adviser. Students can view their EPR(s) on eLion through the seventh week of the semester.

Adviser Notification

A list of advisees who received EPRs is available in eLion under Early Progress Report in the Advising service. In addition, by checking "Email preference" in the EPR service, advisers can receive email notification when an advisee receives a report. Through eLion, advisers can view students' reports through the last week of the semester.

Advising Note

Because advisers receive copies of all EPRs, they are made aware of a student's overall unsatisfactory performance early in the semester. When a student receives EPRs in several courses, it is appropriate for the adviser to encourage him/her to make an appointment to discuss academic performance, consider the outcomes, review options, and provide appropriate referrals.

Last Update: May 2016

Reference(s): Senate Policy 47-70