blog_chalkboardWe all know what an at-risk student looks like… right? They’re lazy students… right? They’re late to class, they don’t turn in assignments, they skip class, they’re failing, they drop out… right? They have bad grades and low GPAs… right? You know ‘em when you see ‘em…. Right?


Well, maybe let’s rephrase that a little nicer, shall we?

While these are all tell-tale signs of a struggling student they are merely symptoms of larger underlying issues. It’s easy to look at a student who’s already failing and say,

“Hey! You’re at-risk!”

That’s like standing outside in the middle of a thunderstorm and suddenly shouting, “Hey! I think it’s gonna rain later!” The point is kind of moot seeing how it’s already storming.

The same goes for a student. Most alert systems will notify a student or professor when a student skips class or drops below a certain grade and the like, but at that point it’s already a little late—it’s already storming. But what these basic alert systems don’t realize is that there are many factors that contribute to a student’s well-being and many factors that put them at a predetermined risk of dropping out.

Research shows that students who are academically under-prepared, working full-time, financially independent, balancing family obligations, of a minority population, or who are first in their family to attend college are more likely to stop pursuing their degree. These are just a few of many factors that can cause a student to struggle or even drop out completely, but they all have one thing in common—they all happen before a student is failing. That is, they are all underlying factors that surface long before a student starts to struggle.

These ancient alert systems can only tell you when the student is already failing. And any fool can tell you when it’s already raining, but it takes real skill to predict a storm.

And that’s where we come in, at Pharos Resources, we’re the Doppler Radar of at-risk students. Our system helps to identify students who are at-risk based on a number of pre-calculated factors. Using your school’s existing network of counselors, coaches, professors, advisors, and other key individuals, we help you to recognize the signs that someone may be at-risk.

We can help your school identify students with predetermined risk and help you to identify when they’re struggling. We can help you to provide the best care possible to your student body. And we don’t simply shout, “Hey! I think it’s gonna rain!” we work with you to create a plan of action to help the student and even work within your university’s unique network to provide the best possible solution.

We aim to change the archaic views of academic alert; we want to bring the future of student care to you.

We present to you, The Next Generation of Early Alert.

About Sam Martinez

Sam Martinez is a Marketing Intern with Pharos Resources and is also a full-time student at Abilene Christian University. She studies Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Graphic Design and is a proud member of the Pharos team.

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