Presentation Title

Effectiveness of the BEST Peer Course Assistant Program in Gateway Science Courses

Presentation Type

Poster

School

School of Sciences and Social Sciences

Discipline

Education

Mentor

Megan Ferm, Paul Baures

Abstract

One goal of the Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST) Program at Keene State College is to increase successful completion rates in gateway Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Geology, Physics and Mathematics courses. Gateway courses have an unfortunate history of being hurdles to earning science degrees, and therefore improving gateway course completion could increase the future percentage of students graduating with majors in these disciplines. To accomplish this goal, the BEST Program has inaugurated the placement of peer course assistants (PCA) in the gateway science. Information and data has been collected through anonymous surveys taken by students at the completion of the semester and by correlating a student’s grade to the number of times they had visited a PCA study session. Our goal is to see if a positive correlation emerges between the mentorship of PCAs and successful completion rate of students.

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Effectiveness of the BEST Peer Course Assistant Program in Gateway Science Courses

One goal of the Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST) Program at Keene State College is to increase successful completion rates in gateway Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Geology, Physics and Mathematics courses. Gateway courses have an unfortunate history of being hurdles to earning science degrees, and therefore improving gateway course completion could increase the future percentage of students graduating with majors in these disciplines. To accomplish this goal, the BEST Program has inaugurated the placement of peer course assistants (PCA) in the gateway science. Information and data has been collected through anonymous surveys taken by students at the completion of the semester and by correlating a student’s grade to the number of times they had visited a PCA study session. Our goal is to see if a positive correlation emerges between the mentorship of PCAs and successful completion rate of students.