Developmental Studies Supplemental Mentors
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support model that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. The primary purpose of Supplemental Instruction is to increase retention, improve student grades in courses that have been identified as high-failure courses, and increase the graduation rates. Data provided from the University of Missouri- Kansas City has shown that students who attend supplemental instruction at least once per week earn on average a final grade one half to a whole letter grade higher than their classmates who did not regularly attend.
The Developmental Studies Department has combined the Supplemental Instruction model with a standard student academic mentor model to create the Supplemental Mentor (SM). Supplemental Mentors are assigned two (2) Developmental Studies classes which they must attend with the Developmental Studies student. The SMs must facilitate weekly review sessions on course materials outside the classroom. The SM serves as a mentor for the Developmental Studies student by building a positive relationship and assisting students with getting acclimated to college life.
Supplemental Mentors are juniors, seniors, and graduate students who have maintained a 3.0 grade point average or higher and excelled in the subject area for which they are mentoring (math, English or reading).