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Supplemental Instruction / History of Supplemental Instruction at NMHU

​The basis for the Supplemental Instruction program at New Mexico Highlands University is predicated upon the world-wide international model as developed at University of Missouri-Kansas City more than 40 years ago. ARMAS staff has been trained at the Kansas City site, and are constantly evolving and trying to improve the Supplemental Instruction experience for students served by Supplemental Instruction Leaders (SIL) through the ARMAS Center.

Supplemental Instruction through the ARMAS Center began in Fall 2009, initially funded by a Department of Education grant to provide services to Hispanic students in the STEM disciplines from entry through graduation. The program was begun with 5 initial SIL students, and we were all literally stuffed into one large room as the ARMAS Center was under construction.

To serve the greatest number of students during the hours we are open, each semester the SILs in the classes conduct a survey of times when most students most likely might be able to attend a one-hour structured group study session.  The SILs provide three one-hour structured group study sessions per week, along with office hours for drop in students. Each SIL tries to provide one session in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one in the evening to accommodate as many students as possible. The SIL schedule provides the basis for an organized program that serves STEM students.

Spotlight

New Conservation Management Degree First in State ​Highlands University freshman and Mora, New Mexico native Elisa Abeyta records side oats grama grass during a field lab for the university’s new conservation management degree program.Las Vegas, N.M. – A new conservation management B.A. degree program at Highlands University is the first in New Mexico, opening career opportunities for students ranging from forest and resource planning to game wardens and park rangers. “With this conservation management degree, we offer a whole universe of career options in the conservation arena for our students who want to work in the natural environment,” said forestry professor Craig Conley. “Today, the compelling challenge

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Resources

​A video highlighting Purdue's academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted, regularly-scheduled, informal review sessions. The sessions are facilitated by student "SI Leaders" who have previously done well in the course and attend all class lectures.

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