Graduate Project

The Impact of Supplemental Instruction in Higher Education

The purpose of this Applied Public Administration Project is to evaluate the need of student support in courses most commonly failed by students at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. The Learning Resource Center (LRC) at CPP is currently piloting a Supplemental Instruction program. Using the CSU Dashboard to determine which classes have the highest D, F, W rates. The LRC has reached out to the departments of those particular courses and offer extra support for students enrolled in that class. This program is designed to create independent learning by using learning strategies that require students to think for themselves and look to their classmates for help. This project consists of analyzing data of current student grades that attend SI sessions versus students that do not attend SI sessions to determine the outcome of whether or not the program is successful. The data were analyzed by the following measurements: 0 sessions attended, 1-4 sessions, 5-9, and 10 +. This will allow the LRC and CPP to determine if the students of highly difficult courses at CPP need Supplemental Instruction. The purpose of this project is to perform an evaluation of the Supplemental Instruction pilot for trigonometry (MAT 1060) courses at CPP. A proposal composed of data and research of the benefits SI has in influencing the decrease in D, F, W rates. This document will be used to help improve the SI program at Cal Poly Pomona.