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

Paul Baures, Megan Ferm

Date & Time

April 9th at 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Location

L. P. Young Student Center, West Dining and Flag Room

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 courses of these disciplines. Information and data will be collected from anonymous surveys completed by students enrolled in the gateway science courses and from the grades produced by the students. This will allow the placement of PCAs in introductory science courses to be studied to see if a positive correlation emerges between successful completion rates and mentorship by the PCAs.

Grant Funded

1

Type of Grant

Faculty Grant

Grant Name

Keene State College financial support for the BEST program is appreciated

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Apr 9th, 4:15 PM

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

L. P. Young Student Center, West Dining and Flag Room

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 courses of these disciplines. Information and data will be collected from anonymous surveys completed by students enrolled in the gateway science courses and from the grades produced by the students. This will allow the placement of PCAs in introductory science courses to be studied to see if a positive correlation emerges between successful completion rates and mentorship by the PCAs.