Early Support

What is Early Support?

Early Support referrals allow faculty to be proactive, supportive, and involved in supporting students who may be experiencing academic or personal challenges. The Early Support process provides support to students by allowing faculty members to have a line of contact with Counseling through referral process when they notice a student decline academically.

The goal of Early Support is to provide early intervention and prevent students from reaching academic probation. Academic probation is when a student falls under a 2.0 GPA or does not complete at least 50 percent of classes per term.

Some of the most common challenges students face and may need an Early Support referral include:

  • Excessive absences
  • Consistently late to class
  • Needs tutoring
  • Low grades
  • If student shares: Personal or family difficulties (i.e. financial, death in the family, etc.)
  • Change in demeanor
  • Difficulty navigating technology
  • Lack of motivation


Campus Resources

Please refer to campus resources listed below that may provide support to the student before referring them for an Early Support appointment.

If a student…

Campus Resources

Needs help with math

STEM Center

Needs help with writing a paper


Needs help with a specific subject

Learning Connection

Needs help with a presentation

Communication Lab

Is Overwhelmed/Stressed

Health Center or Counseling

Needs helps with course selection


To feel connected to campus

Special Programs, Student Life Office, or El Centro

Needs access to computer, printing, research


Needs help with bilingual services (Spanish)

El Centro

Needs help with Online Resources

Online Services


What to do Before Submitting an Early Support Referral

  • Let the student know you will be referring them for an Early Support appointment with a counselor
  • Approach students in a supportive manner
  • Ensure it is a safe space to communicate
  • Ask open ended questions
  • Focus on things you have directly observed, showing curiosity and concern
  • Listen carefully
  • Do not make judgments or diagnoses
  • Invite students to identify what they think is preventing them from academic success
  • Demonstrate sensitive in areas students may show discomfort
  • Recommend the Early Support referral if and when you feel that it is warranted