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 Fall 2018.
    • 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.
  • Right now, we are only working with a limited number of instructors on a small technology pilot during the 2018 Summer C session. Those instructors are using FSU’s Campus Connect platform to submit referrals. The platform allows faculty to pulls rosters and select students individually or collectively to submit a referral. For screenshots, click here.
  • If you are not participating in the summer pilot, but still want to submit a referral based on 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.
    • 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
  • 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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