Monmouth’s Early Warning System (MEWS)
Keeping Students on Track!
GOAL OF THE PROGRAM:
Monmouth’s Early Warning System (MEWS) is used to monitor academic progress of specific student groups.
MEWS has been operating since fall 1989. This computerized program provides a timely approach to monitoring and identifying students who are experiencing academic difficulty and connecting them to their academic advisors.
STUDENT POPULATIONS BEING
Currently, the populations being monitored include:
- All first-year students
- All transfer students
- All athletes
- All undeclared sophomores
- All students registered with the Department of Disability Services (DDS)
- All students participating in the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF)
- All students identified by the Academic Standards and Review Committee (ASRC)
- International students
- Military veterans
HOW MEWS WORKS
- MEWS is an electronic checklist located on WebAdvisor that faculty members can use to notify academic advisors that their advisees in the MEWS population are experiencing academic difficulty.
- When a faculty member electronically submits the MEWS checklist, both the advisor and student are notified by e-mail.
- Students receive specific information about possible classroom issues and are advised to contact their advisor to discuss difficulties they might be having in a specific course and to work on strategies to overcome those difficulties. The Center for Student Success has various academic resource information included in the e-mail to assist the student.
- Advisors receive the e-mail checklist of concerns and are encouraged to reach out to the student to discuss the MEWS report.
- After discussing the MEWS report with the student, the advisor is encouraged to complete the MEWS Advisor Follow-Up form in WebAdvisor. The form outlines the specific strategy agreed upon by the student and advisor in order to improve the student's academic performance.
- Initial and reminder e-mails are sent:
- At the start of the semester (initial)
- At mid-semester (reminder)
- After midterms (reminder)
- Only faculty members who have students in their classes, who are in the MEWS population, are sent an e-mail. Faculty members are advised to go to WebAdvisor to complete the MEWS checklist for each MEWS student.
- A checklist must be completed for each student on the faculty member's MEWS roster.
- If a student is not having problems, the faculty member must check the box “no problem.”
- The MEWS reporting period has a deadline and a report must be submitted on each student on the MEWS roster before the deadline.
- For the program to be successful and effective, we must have 100% participation: this includes reporting students with no problems.
We thank you for your continued cooperation.
Danielle Schrama, Director of MEWS