Kean University’s Supplemental Instruction program has received a $1.5 million federal grant to fund a major expansion of the program, which offers specialized, peer-to-peer academic support to students enrolled in chemistry and mathematics.
The federal grant from the Department of Education will also fund the renovation of the Learning Commons, and the addition of new technology, to accommodate Supplemental Instruction classrooms.
The funds will be spent over five years.
“This expansion will have a direct impact on our students’ success,” said Neva Lozada, director of the Kean Office of Student Success and Retention, who applied for the grant and will oversee the expansion. “I am thrilled that a program that began as a pilot program about a year ago will expand more than eight-fold by the spring semester. I am excited about what’s to come.”
Supplemental Instruction puts SI leaders — students who have already taken and excelled in the selected classes — into those classes again to attend lectures, take notes, act as model students and work with faculty. They hold informal review sessions for any students in the class seeking extra help.
The program began in fall 2018 by supporting General Chemistry I, and in spring 2019, General Chemistry II and Computer Organization and Programming were added. By 2024, it will support eight courses in chemistry, computer science, math and accounting. The initial staff of six SI leaders is expected to grow to more than 50 by the spring semester.