Embedded Tutoring Pilot

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What is the Purpose of the Assessment?

The desire to improve retention and success rates of students in Development Education Math courses. 

Describe the necessity for this assessment

The students success and retention rates in their developemental math courses have been traditionally lower than other core courses. 

Describe how the practice will be implemented

Collaborating with Title V and the Math Division, the Academic Success Center developed a new embedded tutoring program. Through the ASC, tutors will work with students in developmental math courses inside the classroom and connect with students outside the classroom through drop-in tutoring, review sessions, group tutoring sessions, and tutoring appointments. 

Interpret, compare, and describe the results

The pilot semester of this program was a success for developmental math students in these courses. Four sections had embedded tutors, 1 MAT081, 2 MAT091's, and 1 MAT121. The instructors in each of these selected sections of those subject had multiple sections of the same subject, but only one section had an embedded tutor. In two of the four piloted sections, courses with an embedded tutor had higher completion and success rates compared to those without. 

After analyzing, and reflecting on the outcome, what are the next steps?

After the Spring 2018 pilot, the success of the program encouraged us to implement and expand the program in the Fall 2018 semester. The number of sections was increased as well as the number of embedded tutors. The Academic Success Center wishes to continue supporting persistence and retention of math courses at Estrella Mountain.

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