Just a reminder to my LRNASST colleagues about my upcoming SI Training at the
University of South Carolina .  Please pass this notice along to any interested
individuals.  If there are questions, please feel free to contact me by email, snail mail,
or telephone.  Thank you.

Dennis Congos


When Retention Is Important

FEBRUARY 18, 19, 20, 1998
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a successful, cost effective, retention program that
focuses on high attrition courses, not high risk students.  SI helps students acquire
and refine the tools essential for learning course content.  A high attrition course is one
in which 30% or more of enrollees typically earn grades of D, F, and W.  Students who
attend SI sessions regularly commonly average 1/2 to 1 letter grade higher on final
course grades than comparable non- participants and earn higher GPAs than
comparable non-attendees.  SI is certified by the DOE as a program proven to
increase retention.

Who Should Attend?
1.  Anyone interested in beginning an SI program.
2.  Anyone who wants to know more about a cost effective retention program.
3.  Anyone interested in a refresher on running SI programs.

Each person who attends training will receive a certificate documenting training and
will be qualified to begin and run a Supplemental Instruction Program.

Location: University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC in room 856 of the Daniel
Management Center in the College of Business Administration the USC campus.

Dates:  Wed., Feb. 18 - 9 to 5, Thurs., Feb. 19 - 9 to 5, Fri., Feb. 20 - 9 to noon.  Plan
to lunch together each day. Friday afternoon is available for individual consultations
with the trainer.

Registration Fees:  $475.  Includes 2 1/2 days of training, training materials, manuals,
refreshments, and individual consultations with the trainer.  Please send registration
fees to Dennis Congos, The Learning Skills and Career Counseling Center, 3335
Ironwood Drive, Matthwes, NC 28105 by February 11, 1998.  Registration is limited.
Please make checks payable to Dennis Congos.

Lodging Information and Directions:  We recommend the Townhouse Hotel at 1615
Gervais Street, Columbia, SC (803-771-8711) within easy walking distance of the USC
campus.  They have special rates in the Tower section of $72 + 10% tax or in the
Courtyard section at $68 + 10% tax.  INDICATE THAT YOU ARE WITH THE

For more information on parking, housing , or directions contact Jimmie Monroe,
Director, Academic Skills Program, LeConte Room 106, University of South Carolina,
Columbia, SC 29208, 803-777-6142, or email him at [log in to unmask]

Trainer:  Dennis H. Congos, Certified SI Trainer and Consultant.

Training Materials:  Furnished.

Sponsor:  The University of South Carolina Academic Skills Program.

Questions about training:  Call Dennis H. Congos at 704-330-6474 Tues., Wed., or
Thurs. between 8am and 5pm or e-mail him at [log in to unmask]

Airport:  Nearest major airport is the Columbia International Airport which is served by
several airlines.  AmTrak &  bus lines also serve the area.


Dennis H. Congos
Learning Skills Lab Facilitator & Certified Supplemental Instruction Trainer
Academic Learning Center
103 Garinger Building
Central Piedmont Community College
Charlotte, NC 28235
email: [log in to unmask]
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