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At NMSU, we are entirely an SI for credit institution.  Each department tha=
t participates has done their own thing, however.  There is no one center i=
n charge of it.  In chemistry, it is a regular peer-led, optional 1-credit =
hour course.  In biology, they changed the curriculum to have only 2 one ho=
ur lectures and then a mandatory "workshop" which may or may not be actual =
SI.  I haven't really paid attention to the types of activities done in the=
m.  In physics, one of the introductory courses has let the instructor offe=
r optional 1-credit "SI" led by the instructor but I'm not sure if it truly=
 uses the SI model.  Math also has something they call SI but have also tur=
ned to the "workshop" model.  I supervise the chemistry SI.

Some random comments follow:  We base our grades on attendance, participati=
on and bringing some sort of documentation of what they are doing to study =
during the week (we call it "proof").  The sessions are either twice a week=
 for 50 min. each or once a week for 100 min for 1 credit hour.  My name is=
 on the books as the instructor for each of the sections and I input final =
grades (I am a permanent faculty member in the Chemistry Department).  Ther=
e is a maximum of 20 students per session.  After the last day to add class=
es, if a student asks I will let them attend without earning credit if ther=
e is room.  They must do everything that the rest of the class does but if =
they stop attending I don't let them come back.  The number of attendees is=
 limited by the amount of money for peer leaders I'm allowed to hire each s=
emester.  Right now the College of Arts and Sciences is paying for the prog=
ram even though students from all colleges are allowed to register for the =
class.  In our Chem I and Chem II classes we are getting 25-35% participati=
on.

Comparing SI to nonSI is done by our institutional research folk.  (Note:  =
our statistics do not include the students that we allow to sit in without =
earning credit.  There is no easy way to include their performance in the o=
verall stats.)

We just gave a midterm evaluation where we asked the students if SI were vo=
luntary and didn't earn credit, would they attend.  Most indicated that the=
 credit is definitely a plus and "might" attend on and off if it were drop =
in.  Most also indicated that the requirement to bring proof encourages the=
m to study outside of class (not so much in organic chemistry--those studen=
ts know that they need to study a lot--but in the introductory courses it i=
s almost a new idea to them.)

I've babbled my brain empty of ideas right now but I can address further qu=
estions if you wish.

Dede

Dede Dunlavy
College Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001, MSC 3C
Las Cruces, NM 88003

----- Original Message -----

From: Barrueta, Luis<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 5:25 PM
Subject: SI for College Credit

Hello Colleagues,

El Camino College is a two year college.  We have different challenges than=
 the four-year universities.

We are considering ways to increase attendance at SI sessions.  One thought=
 was to have SI attached to the curriculum so that students can get a credi=
t for attending.

I know there are some SI programs that give 1 unit credit for SI attendance=
.

Has anyone made SI mandatory? How was that accomplished?
Has anyone incorporated SI into curriculum?  What are the steps you took to=
 accomplish this?
Did it actually help increase SI attendance numbers?
Did it help with persistence and success rates?

Any information on this would be greatly appreciated!


Luis Barrueta | Supplemental Instruction (SI) Coordinator

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