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Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program

Responsible Department
Supplemental Instruction
Effective Date
09/17/2015
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    Purpose

    The purpose of this policy is to state the requirements for a Supplemental Instruction program at the University of North Georgia (“University”).

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    Definitions

    1. Supplemental Instruction (SI) Facilitator – Supplemental Instruction Facilitators are current students who have demonstrated academic competency in the subject area, indicated by a grade of B+ or higher in the targeted class. Facilitators are trained in a variety of topics such as facilitating group activities, student learning strategies, instructional strategies that can strengthen students’ academic performance, strategies for data collection, and strategies for management.

    2. Targeted Class – A targeted class is a specific course which SI research has shown to have a high rate of Ds, Fs, and Withdrawals; SI focuses its resources on these specific courses to ensure student academic success.
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    Statement

    1. Supplemental Instruction (SI) offers regularly scheduled study sessions, led by SI Facilitators, to assist students with course content and study skills. Students have an opportunity to work together to compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict exam questions.

    2. The SI program identifies traditionally difficult academic courses with high rates of Ds, Fs, and Withdrawals.

    3. The SI program provides an opportunity for students to learn how to learn while learning what to learn.

    4. SI Facilitators attend all lectures for a targeted course.

    5. The SI program is supervised by trained professional staff members.

    6. The SI program is offered for classes in which the academic department supports the SI program.

    7. SI Facilitators encourage the group of learners to process the material. Facilitators are not experts in the subjects and do not re-lecture the material to participants.
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    Support Info

    1. Since the Supplemental Instruction program began at the University of North Georgia in 2006, the data collected by the program has supported the national trends that students participating in SI earn higher grades and withdraw less often than non-SI participants, and that the more SI sessions a student attends, the higher final course grade that student earns.

    2. This document affirms a policy which was already in effect since the inception of SI at the University in 2006 and through consolidation but had not been put into a formal policy statement.
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    Procedures

    Any related operating procedures must comply with and should reference this policy.

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