Proactive Referral and Engagement (PRE)

The FSU Proactive Referral and Engagement (PRE) program reflects the unconquered spirit of our university by providing support to students experiencing academic challenge. We seek to help students before midterms each semester. This early period in the semester is the best time for students to improve their learning, recover their grades, and make informed decisions based on early performance.

We accomplish this work through various methods:

  1. Helping faculty and students identify when additional help may be needed
  2. Receiving referrals from faculty about students who need additional help
  3. Reaching out to offer students assistance in building academic skills (general or specific)

When instructors submit referrals through PRE, it indicates they care about the success of students and they believe individuals will benefit from the help provided. We encourage students to schedule a one-on-one help session with Dr. Samantha Nix to identify learning barriers and develop a plan. Dr. Nix will attempt to address students’ general academic needs, and may also refer students to academic departments, tutoring resources, or other student services for more specialized help.

 

FAQs

  • If you believe this is an emergency, please contact FSU Police Department at (850) 644-1234.
  • If this is not an emergency and your concern is related to one of the academic concerns below, send an email to Dr. Samantha Nix, Coordinator of the PRE Program at snix@fsu.edu or call her at (850) 645-4047. Online submission via classroom roster will be more readily available in Spring 2019. Students' academic concerns may include:
    • Class attendance
    • Class participation
    • Concerns about motivation
    • Financial concerns
    • Missing/late assignments
    • Needs assistance building writing skills
    • Needs assistance building quantitative skills
    • Needs assistance building study skills
    • Poor assignment/test grade
    • Disruptive/unusual behavior
    • Other academic concern
  • If this is not an emergency and not an academic concern, use report.fsu.edu.
  • You can submit a student referral based on one (or more) of the academic concerns below by sending an email to Dr. Samantha Nix, Coordinator of the PRE Program at snix@fsu.edu or call her at (850) 645-4047.
    • Class attendance
    • Class participation
    • Concerns about motivation
    • Financial concerns
    • Missing/late assignments
    • Needs assistance building writing skills
    • Needs assistance building quantitative skills
    • Needs assistance building study skills
    • Poor assignment/test grade
    • Disruptive/unusual behavior
    • Other academic concern

Yes, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) explicitly allows university officials the right to share data with other university officials, without the student’s permission, when there is legitimate educational interest, e.g., performing their official job functions. The PRE program was developed with the support of the Office of the Provost and Executive President for Academic Affairs to provide support to students pursuing their educational goals. For more information about FERPA from a faculty/staff perspective, see this web page.

Student privacy is very important to the PRE program. Students have a right to refuse contact from PRE program staff. We inform students of their agency in the syllabus statement, classroom presentations, and correspondence with students. In addition, only program staff who have signed the FSU Confidentiality Agreement and received training and monitored access to student records will review PRE data from instructors.

    • Research on similar programs at other institutions indicates that they can improve student success. An estimated 93% of postsecondary institutions have programs like PRE, often called “early alert” or “early warning,” (Barefoot, Griffin, & Koch, 2012). Students who receive help as a result of a referral tend to have higher end-of-course grades and are more likely to be in good academic standing compared to peers that did not receive help as a result of a referral (Tampke & Flanders, n.d.; Tampke, 2009; Tampke, 2012).
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