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Hi Jan,

At my SI training at UMKC, it was suggested that we use the 1/3 DFW
rule.   However, I have found that if a department or faculty member
wanted SI badly enough, even though the DFW rate may be 20-25%, that it
was good politics to give them an SI component (if I had the money).  We
even were still able to measure statistically significant differences in
final course grades favoring the SI attendees over non-attendees in
these cases.  On the other side of the coin, we had classes with a 40%
DFW rate where the faculty showed no interest in having an SI component
in spite of the research showing that SI could help.  Just because
someone is in education there is no correlation that they know how to
educate.  We felt badly for the suffering students but we could not
force SI on anyone.

Best wishes.............................

Dennis


Dennis H. Congos
Academic Advisor & College Level Learning Skills Specialist
First Year Advising and Exploration
Student Success Center
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University of Central Florida
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>>> Jan Norton <[log in to unmask]> 2/16/2007 10:43 AM >>>
I cannot find the 'official' cut-off DFW rate for targeting SI classes:
 25%?  30% ??  68% ?
Does anyone know this, or is there some other sort of standardized
measures or scale for labeling levels of risk?

Jan Norton, Director
Center for Academic Resources
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
(920) 424-3419

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