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Learning Enrichment Center “Where students strive for academic excellence.”
Learning Enrichment Center
“Where students strive for academic excellence.”
January 5, 2015
Volume 1, Issue 1
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Pass Rates for ENGL 1301 ....... 2
Pass Rates for ENGL 1302 ..... 2
Pass Rates for HIST 1301 ........ 3
Pass Rates for HIST 1302........ 3
Pass Rates for MATH 1314 ...... 4
Pass Rates for MATH 1332 ..... 4
L2S Testimonials ..................... 5
LINK2SUCCESS NEWSLETTER
Things to
Come!.......................................5
LEC philosophy &
STUDENT SUCCESS RATES CONTINUE TO
CLIMB!
mission……………………………...6
It has been one full year since the inaugural launching of UTB’s signature Link2Success program, which offered academic support for students enrolled in high failure rate first year courses. The program also
included the following value added components, which were to: (1)
help student transition to college life and college expectations; and (2)
to provide faculty with opportunities to mentor tutors both academically and professionally.
L2S STUDENT CONTACTS
FOR FALL 2014
The Link2Success program was developed as a means of offering contextualized and relevant tutoring and mentoring to students by bringing
the support directly to the students in the classroom.
As expected, the program continues to be a success having increased
pass rates in ENGL 1301 & 1302, HIST 1301 & 1302, MATH 1314 &
MATH 1332.
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LEC contact information……..6
 Overall L2S student contacts = 53,556
 Individual students served
= 2,604
 Math & Science student
contacts = 21,000
 English student contacts =
20,767
 History student contacts =
17,449
L2S ENGL 1301 & 1302
Fall to Fall Grade Distributions and Pass Rates
Composition I (ENGL 1301)
100%
86%
90%
78%
80%
66%
70%
60%
50%
Non L2S (Fall
2012) n=1312
45%
40%
32%
25% 25% 26%
30%
20%
L2S (Fall 2013)
n=618
26%
20%
16%
14%
10%
12%
10%
7%
L2S (Fall 2014)
n=586
14%
7%5%
8%
5%
2%
0%
A
B
C
D
F
W
Pass
Fall to Fall Grade Distributions and Pass Rates
Composition II (ENGL 1302)
90%
77%
80%
69%
70%
60%
50%
Non L2S (Fall
2013) n=492
40%
33%
31%
30%
29%
L2S (Fall 2014)
n=391
21%
20%
17%
15%
11%
10%
8%
10%
6%
9% 9%
0%
A
2
B
C
D
F
W
Pass
L2S HISTORY 1301 & 1302
Fall to Fall Grade Distributions and Pass Rates
United States to 1877 (HIST 1301)
90%
77%
74%
80%
70%
60%
56%
Non L2S (Fall
2012) n=1330
50%
L2S (Fall 2013)
n=335
40%
31%
29%
30%
23% 21% 21%
27%
25%
22%
18%
13%
11%
20%
10%
8%
L2S (Fall 2014)
n=422
20%
9%8%
6% 5%
4%
0%
A
B
C
D
F
W
Pass
Fall to Fall Grade Distributions and Pass Rates
United States since 1877 (HIST 1302)
90%
77%
80%
70%
59%
60%
50%
Non L2S (Fall
2013) n=397
37%
40%
33%
L2S (Fall 2014)
n=230
27%
30%
22%
20%
10%
10%
16%
11%
7%
15%
10%
6%
7%
0%
A
3
B
C
D
F
W
Pass
L2S MATH 1314 & 1332
Fall to Fall Grade Distributions and Pass Rates
College Algebra (MATH 1314)
80%
70%
70%
61%
58%
60%
50%
Non L2S (Fall
2012) n=1090
40%
29%
30%
23%
21%
20%
26%
25%25%
L2S (Fall 2013)
n=436
22%21%
16%
15%
11%13%
L2S (Fall 2014)
n=449
12%
8% 8%
10%
6% 5% 6%
0%
A
B
C
D
F
W
Pass
Contemporary Math (MATH 1332)
Fall to Fall Grade Distributions and Pass Rates
80%
70%
67%
60%
54%
51%
50%
43%
Non L2S (Fall
2012) n=337
40%
L2S (Fall 2013)
n=161
31%
28%
30%
25%
20%
11%
10%
24%
23%
8%
7% 6%
L2S (Fall 2014)
n=100
21%
20%
16%
13%
10%
8%
2%
4%
0%
A
4
B
C
D
F
W
Pass
L2S TESTIMONIALS
“Although it took me a while to learn how to use L2S effectively, I have come to rely on
it as a way to increase learning, improve retention, and decrease my workload; I
would hate to go back to the Dark Ages when I didn’t have this kind of support.”
- Dr. Therese Gallegos, English professor
“Since its inception two years ago, the L2S program at UTB has dramatically and consistently lowered failure rates in the US History sequence courses. Its benefit to students has been amazing.” - Dr. Tom Britten, History department chair
“L2S is a great opportunity for improvement in the course.” - Mr. Edgar de la Cruz,
Math professor
“L2S helps students lay a strong foundation for their continued academic success as the
skills and strategies applied in the context of a specific course are readily transferable
to other courses. Students also have the benefit of powerful role models for success.” Ms. Ethel Cantu, AVPAA-Student Success
“The L2S program has helped hundreds of freshmen students grasp the foundational
academic skills necessary for academic achievement.” - Dr. Javier Martinez, Interim
Provost/Dean of College of Liberal Arts
“The tutors use flash cards and new games which keep things interesting. We then
interact with one another more which helps us relax and share ideas. I am now more
likely to talk to others and ask for help and help others too.” - L2S History student
“The investment in L2S, selected as UTB’s primary student success initiative, has
yielded great benefits to students. I thank the faculty, LEC staff, and student leaders
for making this initiative so successful.”
- Dr. Alan Artibise, Provost and VPAA
THINGS TO COME!
Some things to look out for in the upcoming
months:
*LEC staff will report retention rates for L2S
participants from Fall 2013 to Spring 2015.
*LEC staff will analyze repeater rates to identify trends that affect retention and pass rates
in the high failure rates course.
*LEC staff will provide Spring 2015 L2S progress updates via newsletters.
*LEC staff will provide progress updates regarding its transition into UTRGV.
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A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT OUR DEPARTMENT…
OUR PHILOSOPHY
The Learning Enrichment Center believes in a research-based, student-centered approach to scaffolding students to independent learning through engagement in critical thinking activities, self-reflection, and the use of
technological resources, all provided within a safe, supportive learning environment.
OUR MISSION
Our mission is to provide a supportive learning environment in which students can strive for academic excellence, through the use of a variety of resources that promote active learning and encourage collaboration among
the culturally diverse members of our academic community. In order to achieve this goal, we help students
achieve academic success through our academic-support program offerings: student-centered peer tutoring;
supplemental instruction, academic and test preparation workshops; online tutoring; and accessible tutoring
labs.
OUR VALUES
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Active learning
Student-centered learning
Scaffolding of instruction
Critical thinking
Independent learning
Collaborative learning
Safe and supportive learning environment
Learning
YOUR LEC STAFF
LEC Co-Directors:
Dr. Leslie Jones
Dr. Arlene Ready
[email protected]
[email protected]
882-7059
882-7057
Foreign Language &
Social Sciences
Mr. Armando Garza
[email protected]
882-6589
Math & Natural Sciences
Ms. Aleksandra Shchelkunova
[email protected]
882-5887
Writing Center
Ms. Karina Stiles-Cox (faculty) [email protected]
Mr. David Aguilar
[email protected]
882-7065
882-7065
Academic Department
Liaison
Ms. Judy Moreno
882-8208
Instructional Specialists:
[email protected]
Learning Enrichment Center website: http://www.utb.edu/vpaa/le/Pages/default.aspx
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