Early Progress Reports See Increased Usage Each Semester

Feb. 25, 2021


Since the launch of Early Progress Reports (also known as Trellis Progress) in collaboration with Student Success & Retention Innovation, instructors have been using the EPR tool to communicate feedback to students about their classroom performance, attendance, and more. In a recent report, more instructors are using the EPR tool each successive semester with 33 instructors in fall 2019, 40 in spring 2020, and 48 in fall 2020.

Although the number of students receiving Progress Reports has decreased over the semesters, there has been a 20% increase in instructor usage indicating the tool may be used for more targeted outreach rather than mass email blasts. This increase in usage demonstrates positive results for the CRM program as Trellis continues to support students, faculty, and the advising community across multiple departments and units across campus.

Professor Adai A. Tefera from the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is one of the many professors who has been using the EPR tool to communicate with students. "I used Trellis for the first time this semester to provide students with feedback on how they're doing in the class and to offer my support, especially to those students who were struggling academically,” says Tefera. “Having students' academic advisors included in the messages was invaluable. I found the students more responsive through Trellis than using separate email messages. I definitely plan to continue to use Trellis [EPR].” 

Professor Vicente Talanquer from the College of Science and the College of Medicine teaching Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry also noted “...Some students don't respond to emails. They are more likely to respond when using EPR.”

Trellis has allowed both professors to reach their students more effectively, which is always valuable, but is especially so during a challenging time of remote learning. Both professors mentioned that the most useful aspect of EPR is the way it connected advisors and other university service professionals with students. Talanquer said that he appreciates the way EPR provides “an indirect way to communicate with advisors, who I hope will provide extra support and guidance.”

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