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April 7 presentation to address Supplemental Instruction program

RELEASED: April 4, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — The Student Success Network at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a presentation April 7 for faculty, staff and administrators about the Supplemental Instruction program. The nationally acclaimed program for student success and retention seeks to reduce D, F and W rates in historically difficult courses.

Dr. Maureen Hurley, from the International Center for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas City will give a 90-minute presentation at 9:30 a.m. that will be repeated at 2 p.m. Both presentations will take place in the Hibbard Penthouse, located on the top floor of Hibbard Humanities Hall. UMKC developed the first Supplemental Instruction program in 1973. Hurley will provide information to interested faculty and staff regarding goals and objectives, cost effectiveness and benefits of the Supplemental Instruction program for both students and faculty.

Supplemental Instruction is currently offered at UW-Eau Claire in two biology courses, BIOL 111 and BIOL 214. According Linda Spaeth, assistant director of the Academic Skills Center, success in reducing D, F and W rates among student participants has been attributed to the program.

"The goal now is to provide information to interested faculty in order to expand SI to other departments," Spaeth said, noting that Blugold Commitment dollars will be sought to fund the program to help give students the additional help they need.

Supplemental Instruction is an academic support program that provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer facilitated sessions. Students who have been successful in a course are chosen to be SI Leaders; they attend the course lectures again and meet several times per week with the students enrolled in the course. The principles of SI are based on reinforcement of discipline-appropriate learning and organizational strategies that facilitate active processing of conceptual material, rather than traditional tutoring.

Space is limited for the April 7 presentations. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Linda Spaeth by April 6 at spaethlj@uwec.edu to ensure seat availability and materials.

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