What You Should Know About the ASC and SLA

Academic Support Center

  • During the 2015-2016 academic year, the ASC supported over 3,440 students.

  • Student tutoring contacts increased by over 50%.

  • Student visits to the Tutoring Center increased by more than 26%, supported by a new software system called TutorTrac.

  • Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics are the most frequently requested subjects for tutoring (66%), followed closely by Biology.

  • Tutoring support was provided to over 60 campus partners in both the Fall and Spring semesters.

  • Faculty-referred tutors were available in the Tutoring Center, Classroom, Workshop, Residence Halls and Flex scheduling areas.

  • A Satisfaction Survey was administered in the Fall and Spring semesters and 99% of students responded that their tutoring session either met or exceeded their expectations.

  • Nearly 60% of all students served by tutors are freshmen and sophomores.

  • The Academic Support Center is centrally located in the Arts & Science Commons between the Starr and Science buildings.

Structured Learning Assistance

  • SLA was developed at Ferris in 1993 and has grown from 1 course to over 20 courses in the 2015-2016 academic year.

  • In the 2015-2016 academic year there were over 60 sections of SLA that were available for student registration.

  • Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology are the top three SLA-supported subjects (77 %).

  • SLA served over 1600 students in the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters. Sixty-nine percent (69%) of these students, when surveyed, stated that they felt that their grade was ½ to 1 full letter grade higher due to participating in SLA.

  • There were 18 faculty members in the Fall 2015 semester and 16 faculty members in the Spring 2016 semester that participated in SLA.

  • There were 22 facilitators that were hired in the Fall 2015 semester. Of these 10 were first-time facilitators. In Spring 2016, seventeen facilitators were hired. Most of these, faculty-referred facilitators, were returning from the Fall semester.

  • In the Fall 2015 semester BIOL 321 was a new course offered with SLA. In the Spring 2016 semester AUTO 114 was a new course offered in SLA.