Link to a video of PSI at GGC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gd8I1Yb-Lno
Our Peer Supplemental Instruction (PSI) program began as a mini-grant funded by the USG STEM II Initiative in 2014, which supported Principles of Biology I. The preliminary success of PSI gave rise to successful funding from the University System of Georgia’s Complete College GA STEM Innovation allowing the program to further develop. The USG’s STEM III, and STEM IV Initiatives have generated momentum in program development, such that PSI now supports 13 STEM courses in the School of Science & Technology. In 2019-2020, 700+ students attended at least one PSI session, amounting to 2,021 PSI interactions!
We have built PSI to support our talented GGC students in a successful transition from high school to college-level STEM courses. This is a critical time when students often exit STEM programs because of the heightened demands of tertiary-level course work.
PSI provides collaborative learning opportunities for students to practice course material, and work with peers who have already succeeded in these courses. Peer leaders prepare lesson plans using STEM-centered active learning strategies, love helping other students learn, and are strong STEM students. Our PSI leaders are central to the success of the PSI program. Read about them here: https://www.theglobeggc.org/student-appreciation-psi-leaders-of-2019/
Assessment of the program has revealed gains in student grades, specifically in students with low high school GPAs, and in leader career competencies, all of which will contribute to student success in STEM education and ensuing careers.
PSI in action
PSI Leaders & Faculty in the School of Science & Technology