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5th-Week Assessment

What is the 5th-Week Assessment?

During the fifth week of the fall or spring semester, through the Starfish Retention platform, faculty members will be contacted by the Office of Retention and Student Success to identify struggling students. On the assessment, faculty will be able to provide information regarding the students current grade, attendance issues, and any notes that will be beneficial for student follow-up.

The Office of Retention and Student Success will work with various offices on campus to follow up with students regarding a plan to move the student back toward success in their courses.

Why should I participate in the 5th-Week Assessment?

While an individual class may have a mid-term assignment or grade, that information is not officially provided to the university. This assessment is the one opportunity to provide early intervention with students about resources or advice that will aid in a student’s success. Students who pass their classes and earn their success at SIUE are more likely to retain and graduate, especially during their first year.

How does the 5th-Week Assessment work?

At the conclusion of the fifth week of the fall and spring semester, an email will be sent to faculty members who have students with between 0–29 hours of earned college credit. On the assessment, faculty will be able to provide information regarding a student’s grade, attendance, or other information for the staff who will follow up.

Based on the information received, the Office of Retention and Student Success and other campus offices will follow up with students regarding the information provided. The follow up will work to build a plan of success that aids the student in moving forward at this early juncture of the semester.

Whom do I contact with questions?

Feel free to contact Dr. Kevin P. Thomas within the Office of Retention and Student Success at (618) 650‑5930 with any questions you may have about the assessment.

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