About SI

Origins of SI

Supplemental Instruction (SI) was developed at University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1973, where it continues to reside under the International Center for Supplemental Instruction, which leads the SI model, fosters an international SI community, provides training, and certifies SI programs which follow their model of SI implementation, data collection, and reporting.

What is SI?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program that targets historically difficult courses, such as those with a DFW rate of 30% or more. The SI program provides peer support by having students who succeeded in these traditionally difficult academic courses (e.g., Organic Chemistry, Biology 101, Logic) help other students successfully complete these courses. SI is a non-remedial approach that provides regular review sessions outside of class in which students work collaboratively by reviewing notes, discussing readings, develop organizational tools, and prepare for examinations. These sessions are led by “SI Leaders,” students who took the course already and did well. These SI Leaders attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as models to those currently taking the course.