Hello Saundra,
 Perhaps the program you are working with could approach the "renegade SI" and offer to include their "faux SI leaders" in all or part of the standard SI training. Over time the other departments may become more receptive to the value of SI leader training and all of the other hallmarks that comprise true SI.
  I would also think that the program you are working with could share some of the research and literature on the success of SI and why training is so important for SI leaders. I would not worry so much about whether these faux leaders and their respective departments are adhering to all of the elements that make up a true SI program, that will hopefully come later.
   Roberta Schotka
 Director of Programs
 Pforzheimer Learning & Teaching Center
 Wellesley College
 Wellesley, MA
 CRLA-ITTPC Coordinator
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 From: "Saundra Y McGuire" <[log in to unmask]> Sent: Friday, December 16, 2016 10:42 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Question about SI "situation"   

Hello Listers,  


I'm working with an institution that has raised a situation that I'm not sure how they should handle.  It turns out that the learning center has a robust SI program.  However, other campus departments are offering their own "SI" programs that are not connected to the learning center.  These faux SI leaders do not receive the leader training provided by the learning center, and the departmental coordinators of these "SI" programs have not been to the UMKC training.  The learning center is horrified by this, but the administration doesn't seem to be bothered at all.  At the very least the learning center wants these departments to stop calling their offerings SI, because they really are not being true to the model.  


Have any of you faced a similar situation, and if so how did you handle it?  Any and all suggestions welcome.  


THANKS! Saundra  


Saundra McGuire, Ph.D.   

Author, Teach Students How to Learn (Info at   

(Ret) Assistant Vice Chancellor  & Professor of Chemistry  

Director Emerita, Center for Academic Success  

Louisiana State University 


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