Library & Learning Services

Dixie State University


Supplemental Instruction Program
Annual Report 2019–2020

Table of Contents

2020 Annual Review

Department Name: Supplemental Instruction Program

College Name: Library & Learning Services

Department Head: Rob Gray

Department Mission Statement (required for NWCCU):

The mission of Dixie State University’s Supplemental Instruction Program is to improve student success and retention in the “traditionally difficult” courses, while aiding students in becoming higher-level thinkers and self-empowered learners. The program aims to provide students with peer facilitated group study sessions. These sessions aim to enhance student comprehension of course content and expose them to valuable study skills.

Goals and Accomplishments

1. Report progress on goals identified in last year’s report.

LLS Goal 2: Expand Resources and Enhance Services

Strategy: Begin a proposal to acquire a Title III SIP grant

Strategy: CRLA certification

LLS Goal 3: Contribute to Campus-Wide Retention Efforts

Strategy: Improve student grades and retention

LLS Goal 4: Remove Barriers to Access and Improve Efficiencies

Strategy: Mission statement and PLOs

2. Summarize department and faculty highlights. (Provide a brief account of this year’s significant happenings and department accomplishments. Include faculty recognitions, honors, publications, presentations, etc.)

Director of Learning Services:

Rob Gray applied for and received CRLA program certification for the Academic Performance Center, the Writing Center, the Peer Coaching program, and the Supplemental Instruction program. He is heading a committee to pursue a Title III SIP grant for five-year funding for supplemental instruction, expanded tutoring, and first-year experience. He co-wrote an article on mandatory tutoring that was published in Curiosity, DSU’s online research journal.

Student Coordinators:

Adam Russell was our SI coordinator until the end of Spring Semester. He graduated with a degree in biology and is in the process of applying for medical school.

Demmy Polad is our new SI coordinator. She was a receptionist in the Academic Performance Center last year, and she will be entering her sophomore year this fall.

Student SI leaders:

Dagny Hunt graduated with a degree in biology. She was nominated for Biology Student of the Year. She presented a poster at the Dixie Symposium and is the primary author of a paper currently undergoing peer review for publication.

Kurtis Hinton graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and minors in chemistry, health psychology, and psychology. He accepted a Health Professional Scholarship from the US Air Force and has been commissioned as an officer. He will attend Rocky Vista medical school next year.

Camila Arevalo went on a service-learning trip to Mexico last year and was accepted into a study abroad program in Columbia.

Erin Atkinson was accepted into DSU’s Physical Therapy Assistant program and was voted copresident for the Physical Therapy Assistant Club.

Jadely Cartagena was Miss Dixie Second Attendant last fall and served on the Utah Youth Council.

3. Complete the table below for faculty (excluding part-time instructors) as of May 2020, then provide part-time instructor information below the table.

Name and Degree Tenure Status

T = Tenured

TT = Tenure Track

NTT = Non Tenure Track

Rank Faculty FTE Released Time in Credit Hours
Rob Gray, MFA NTT Director 1.0 N/A

Department Effectiveness

10. Please add any other performance data you might like to include here that will help inform an accurate snapshot of your department or unit.

Department Highlights:

A. During the 2019 Fall Semester, the Supplemental Instruction program served over 400 students.

B. Students who attended at least eleven of sixteen weekly SI sessions scored higher grades (3.10 vs 2.13) and were retained at a much higher rate (86% fall to spring vs 50%) than those who attended fewer sessions (see graph below).

Supplemental Instruction Attendance

C. When we excluded the non-mandatory SI sections that typically had low SI session attendance from our study, we found the following (see table below):

0 0.43 0.600 5
1 0.00 0.500 4
2 0.14 0.167 6
3 0.14 0.600 5
4 0.00 0.000 3
5 0.18 0.750 4
6 0.34 0.417 12
7 2.16 0.800 5
8 1.38 1.000 13
9 1.55 0.783 23
10 1.94 0.773 22
11 2.30 0.760 25
12 3.00 0.929 28
13 3.43 0.875 40
14 3.37 0.870 23
Additional Spring 2020 Semester Information:

A. The Supplemental Instruction program served over 400 students during Spring Semester 2020. These students received extra support in their courses from SI leaders during the transition to remote learning due to COVID-19.

11. Conduct SWOT Analysis—Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (Identify internal strengths and weaknesses, and external opportunities and threats. Analysis of facilities, resources, administration/staff, budgets, outside influences, competition and stakeholder satisfaction.)


Chair’s Response—Planning for the Future

12. Based on the above data, list specific goals your department/unit will target to accomplish during the coming academic year. Note: In next year’s report, follow up reporting on these goals will be covered in #1 as in this report.

LLS Goal 2: Expand Resources and Enhance Services

Strategy: Write a Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant

LLS Goal 3: Contribute to Campus-wide Retention Efforts

Strategy: Show SI program effectiveness

Strategy: Show SI program effectiveness

Strategy: Show SI program effectiveness

15. What are department’s projected needs for the next 3–5 years? Include staffing, space, budget, etc.)

The supplemental instruction program’s biggest need in the next few years will be additional funding. We plan to address this with a Title III grant.

Dean’s Response

17. Provide your overall response to the degree of success this department achieved last year relative to student learning outcomes. Consult with Assessment Coordinators to review the action plan and insights they have entered in TaskStream—they can print out a report for you.

18. Provide your general assessment of the accomplishments and needs, including budget allocation needs (particularly address # 14 & #15).

Summary of Meeting with Provost