Supplemental Instruction Program at Langston University

College Student Outreach

Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR provides funding to support Langston University students' success through the Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program.  The program implements fresh ideas and techniques to improve students’ grades and reduce attrition rates in historically difficult math and biology classes, by providing academic support to students during the critical first year of college.

The SI program is different from other academic support programs, as it targets historically difficult freshman-level courses, rather than identifying high risk students.  This focus alleviates any stigma that may be attached to student participation.

The program is based on regularly scheduled informal peer-assisted study sessions.  Students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools and predict test items.  Students learn how to integrate course content and improve study skills, while working collaboratively.

The SI program provides underrepresented minorities at Langston University with the necessary tools and skills needed to succeed in STEM courses and to effectively compete for entrance to graduate programs.

Langston University, established in 1897, is Oklahoma’s only historically black university (HBCU) and the westernmost historically black institution of higher learning in the country.

The Langston SI program is sponsored by EPSCoR and coordinated by LU Professor Alonzo Peterson.  He can be reached at 405.466.3302 or afpeterson@lunet.edu.