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Research & Assessment

Supplemental Instruction (SI) staff regularly assess program efforts to help students successfully complete historically difficult classes at DePaul University through student surveys, attendance and participation data, and feedback from faculty. The results of our program assessment are compiled on a quarterly and annual basis.

Successful Course Completion Rates for SI Participants

On average, over 90% of students who attended 6 or more SI sessions from 2013-2021 successfully completed their course. Successful course is defined by SI as students who did not receive a D, F, or withdraw from the course.

Course Completion Rates

Supplemental Instruction Report

The Supplemental Instruction Report summarizes data collected between Fall 2020-Spring 2021 in an effort to assess “new SI-supported courses” financed by a gift fund which allowed SI to expand the number of courses supported beginning Winter 2019 and ending Spring 2021.

Strategies that Engage Students in Active Learning

Supplemental Instruction Strategy Cards are a compilation of collaborative activities that SI Leaders use in small and large groups to engage students and activate higher-order thinking and retention.

SI Research at DePaul University

Periodically, best practices within collaborative learning pedagogy are reviewed in order to ensure our SI program is up-to-date on current best practices. The following reports are authored by SI Leaders and student researchers.

SI Research at Other Institutions

SI began at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1973, which houses the International Center for Supplemental Instruction. The center produces a yearly SI journal that highlights current research on SI and other collaborative learning journals.

Active Learning

Watch this video to see how our SI Leaders integrate active learning in SI sessions.