Supplemental Instruction (SI) is available in developmental and gateway courses with high enrollment and low success rates. SI provides structured group study sessions that cover material from faculty lectures and designated chapters according to course syllabi. SI leaders hold multiple weekly study sessions where they model successful student behaviors and study skills including note taking and questioning techniques to enhance the understanding of course material and emphasizes the importance of engagement in the learning process.
Courses with SI are offered in multiple disciplines to strengthen student equity and student success. Course success rate data provided by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness is used to identify new courses selected for SI sessions.
Beginning fall 2015, the SI program will be restructured to support future sustainability. The new format will consist of faculty members identifying student leaders who are enrolled in their identified courses in week two of each semester. These recommended student leaders would be paid ten hours per week to hold study sessions with peers outside of class in the Student Success Center. Each new SI will be assigned SI coach, who is a veteran SI leader, to mentor them and provide guidance throughout the semester. Although the number of SI leaders provided will be determined by budget allotment, the new structure of the program will permit the college to empower additional student leaders and maximize the success of students enrolled in selected courses.