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The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Mid-Semester Assessment

This page last updated on 11/3/2014

Administered by the Center for Academic Advisement & New Student Orientation in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, the Mid-Semester Assessment (AKA Students "At Risk") is an online survey sent to faculty usually in the seventh week of the semester.  The survey asks members of the faculty to assess any of their first-semester students, both freshmen and transfer. Faculty are asked to assess their students on two criteria: academic performance and attendance.  The online survey automatically sends an email to the student to inform him or her of the alert, as well as to draw the student's attention to important campus resources. Students are encouraged to speak with their professors and Academic Advisors to discuss: the academic expectations at Baruch College; what they need to do to remain in good academic standing; and the option to withdraw from the course.  The Mid-Semester Assessment has been an important retention tool for the college over the past ten years. The move to an online survey in fall 2013 has allowed the college to send communication without delay to students when they first show signs of “at-risk” behavior.