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Is one-on-one STEM tutoring sufficient to increase academic performance? A comprehensive approach to academic support services Kristina Gonzales, BS, MHA Anticipated Par Mohammadian, RPh, Ph. D Los Angeles Mission College Presented at the 2016 8 th Annual AHSIE Best Practices Conference March 22 nd, 2016 – 4: 20 -5: 10 pm California State University-Channel Islands, Camarillo, Ca
Introduction Par Mohammadian, RPh, Ph. D Life Science Faculty Dept. of Life Sciences Los Angeles Mission College [email protected] edu Kristina Gonzales, BS, MHA Anticipated Former Science Success Tutoring Coordinator, Title V Program Coordinator Los Angeles Mission College [email protected] edu
Introduction Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC) v One of the 9 th colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) v Founded in 1975 LACCD - The largest community college district in the United States & one of the largest in the world.
Introduction LAMC is located in Sylmar and have strong, historical ties to our neighboring communities of San Fernando, Pacoima, Mission Hills, North Hills, Panorama City and Granada Hills. In recent years, our enrollment base has expanded to include many of the communities throughout the greater San Fernando Valley, as well as Canyon Country and Santa Clarita.
Introduction Primary Service Areas: Sylmar, San Fernando and Pacoima 2013 American Community Survey, U. S. Census Bureau Hispanic Population Economic Hardship Per capita income Low-income (below 200% of poverty level) Education Level High school graduate or higher Bachelor’s degree or higher Service Area LA County CA US 82. 7% 48. 3% 38. 4% 17. 1% $16, 536 47. 1% 58. 1% 12. 2% $27, 749 $29, 527 $28, 155 41. 5% 36. 8% 34. 8% 76. 9% 30. 1% 81. 6% 31% 86. 6% 29. 6%
LAMC FALL 2014 STUDENT PROFILE ØFirst generation college students: 75% Enrollment: 11, 150 Gender ØUnprepared in English: 82% ØUnprepared in Mathematics: 91% Ethnicity Female 60. 2% Hispanic 77% Male 39. 8% White 11% Asian 5% Age Black 3. 2% Under 18 6. 9% Multiethnic 1. 5% 18 -21 37. 3% Native American 0. 1% 22 -25 21. 8% Other/Unknown 26 -30 10. 8% 31 -40 11. 3% Hispanic 73. 3% Over 41 11. 9% White 12. 1% Asian 5. 3% Credit Load (credit students only) Less than 12 units (part-time) 12 or more units (full-time) 2. 2% Financial Aid Recipients by Ethnicity 75. 5% Black 24. 5% Other/Unknown 4. 2% 5. 1%
DROP OUT RISK FACTORS q Minority students come from families with low socioeconomic status. q Community college students are more likely to live at home and be expected to contribute to their family's earnings, therefore they are more likely to have jobs. q Work schedules mean that minority community college students are more likely to be enrolled in college part-time, which is a risk factor in degree completion. q Community college minority students often get sidetracked into a job providing short-term economic success rather than transferring to a four-year institution.
HOW? v How can community colleges help to improve success and retention rates? v How can institutions prepare and motivate their students? v How can we provide an environment for our students to pursue their educational goals?
FACTORS AFFECTING STUDENT SUCCESS & RETENTION RATES Student Support Services Academic Support Services Increased Student Success & Retention Rates
Transfer Workshops On-campus work study jobs Financial Aid Workshops Orientations sessions for students & parents Counseling & Advising STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
ACADEMIC SUPPORT Classroom: Engagement & Motivation Faculty & Student mentorship/bond Faculty/Student Classroom: Group discussions Classroom: Clear communications & expectations & How to study to succeed
ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES Tutoring Library & Learning Resources Center Study Skills Workshops • One-on-One • Group Workshop • Online • In-class/lab workshops
Title V-HSI Under the U. S. Department of Education, the Title V Grant is created to help the development and expansion of Hispanic. Serving Institutes (HSI) Title V 5 Years 2009 -2014 $2. 8 Million dollar grant Goal is to improve retention and progression in Science and English
Title V-HSI Cont. STEM One of the major components for Title V was to establish a science tutoring lab; the Science Success Center (SSC) to strengthen academic support for Science At the end of the Title V grant (2014), the SSC was absorbed and is currently being funding by STEM-Title III grant, under the Department of Education STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) 5 Years 2011 -2016 Over $4 Million dollar grant
Science Success Center The SSC is the tutoring headquarters for all science courses at LAMC including Anthropology Chemistry Series Astronomy Microbiology Anatomy Physics Series Biology Series Physiology The mission of the Science Success Center is to promote excellence in LAMC science courses through independent and active learning.
SSC at a Glance 10 Tutors Walk-In Tutoring Hours of Operation Online Tutoring Early Contact to Students SSC Workshops Close Faculty Involvement Bio. Feud Various Resources
Faculty Involvement Tutors are recommended by the faculty Workshops are offered in coordination with syllabus (e. g. , before exams) Constant communication to increase success
Early Contact with Students As the coordinator, I had a very specific marketing strategy to showcase the SSC The week prior to classes beginning, I emailed all the professors for permission to visit the class. VERY IMPORTANT!! During the first 2 weeks of the semester, I presented a short 5 minute presentation to every science class, equaling to roughly 25 -30 presentations
Early Contact with Students Cont’ Branding!! Brochures Flyers Banners The SSC logo became a recognizable symbol to all of our LAMC science students
Hours of Operation Monday – Thursday 10 am-8 pm Saturday 10 am-2 pm 44 hours of FREE tutoring every week! **Note: outside tutoring can cost anywhere from $40 -$100 an hour for science tutoring
The SSC Tutors On average, the SSC employees 10 -14 tutors a semester Most tutors have background in multiple subjects Pay rates vary based on student tutor levels Current or former LAMC students Professor recommendations Our tutors educational background varies from associate degrees to Master degrees
Walk-In Tutoring A very friendly and welcoming environment to all students and faculty Estimated an average of 40 -50 different student visits a day, in just walk-in tutoring Students are able to ask virtually any science related question to an on duty tutor Meet Peeta, the SSC mascot Including homework, quiz/exam material, or simply review from their lecture material Access to all resources
A Year in Numbers… Spring 2015 Summe r 2015 394 Students 4, 995 hours of tutoring Fall 2015 458 Students 119 Students Passing rate for SSC students = 84. 5% (333/394) 1, 345 hours of tutoring 131 Workshops Passing rate for SSC students = 92% (110/119) 5, 019 hours of tutoring Passing rate for SSC students = Still being calculated 37 Workshops
Online Tutoring An on-going project 30 minute sessions via Google Hangouts Set schedule posted outside our center Process: student would sign up on the posted schedule and we would send a confirmation email for the session
Workshops A unique part of the SSC Every semester, the SSC averages 50 workshops 113 being the highest amount of workshops in 1 semester Subject-specific workshops 2 hours each workshop 3 versions: regular workshop, mock ups, and Reading Apprenticeship Schedule posted at the center, our website, Facebook, and through inclass reminders Example of an Anatomy Mock Up Lab WS
Bio. Feud A lab review game that is both fun AND educational in the students learning experience The objective is to help prepare Biology 3 students for their accumulative lab final The overall goal is to ensure student success in the Biology 3 course, but also their success in the sciences by bridging the connection with the SSC Incentive to students: Extra Credit!!! Process began in May 2014 and was finalized that December, as we went through 3 versions before finalizing the game
Example of Bio. Feud **Presentation Form: Power point Timer
***3 Points each
Survey Results The Latest Game: Fall 2015 We hosted in 6 sections (3 professors) Survey Results 93% of the students said that Bio. Feud helped prepare for the lab final 98% of the students said that the questions correlated to the lab material In regards to difficulty level, the students rated the game on a average of 7 -8 In regards to the overall assessment of Bio. Feud, students rated the game on a average of 8 -10
Success and Retention Rate BIOLOGY 3 RATES Success % 88. 34 85. 49 64. 69 Total Enrollment 62. 82 Retention % 59. 07 86. 28 83. 32 81. 32 64. 65 69. 96 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 878 866 921 911 838
SSC Resources Official SSC Webpage Free Printing Students are able to check out textbooks and manuals All students have access to Computers Laptops Ipads Anatomy Models *** Microscope http: //www. lamission. edu/learningcenter/ssc. aspx#
SSC Resources Cont’ E-Lab videos http: //elearning. lamission. edu/
Final Thoughts… questions?