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History of SI at MSJC 

  • SI was introduced at MSJC - MVC in the Fall 2006. 
  • SI was expanded to MSJC - SJC in the Fall 2007.
  • Since then, the MSJC SI Program has accumulated more than 80,000 student contact hours.
  • Students who participate in SI at MSJC are more successful (higher success rates, lower attrition rates) than those who don't participate.
  • The MSJC SI Program is funded by the SI Funds, the MVC and SJC Learning Resource Centers,  an HSI Title V STEM grant, and the Equity Plan.
  • SI offers SI in Accounting, Anatomy & Physiology, Anthropology, American Sign Language (ASL), Biology, Computer Information Systems, Chemistry, English, English as a Second Language (ESL), History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Spanish (note:  course offerings vary by semester based on instructor and leader availability and funding)
  • SI is currently exploring the extension of the current (face-to-face) MSJC SI Program to support on-line courses.
  • Addition of staff to the SI Program (SI Specialist & SI Clerical)
  • Institutionalization of the SI Program​ at MSJC
  • SI supporting newly developed FYE (First Year Experience) Program 
  • January 2018, Mt. San Jacinto College became Certified by The International C​enter for Supplemental Instruction

MSJC SI Mission Statement 

The MSJC Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program supports the academic achievement of all MSJC students by providing peer facilitated interactive group study sessions to enhance student understanding and retention of course material while encouraging successful student habits and creating independent learners. 


The MSJC SI Logo 

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The 4 diamonds in the SI Logo represent the 4 key players in the SI Program: 

 the SI students, the SI Leaders, the SI Instructors, and the SI Coordinator. 

The MSJC SI Logo was developed using the 4 diamonds as a base and incorporating an abbreviated form of the SI Logo ("tell me, show me, involve me").  The final addition, the placement of the "hashi" was made in the Spring 2011 semester.  The "hashi" (chopstick) is the symbol of the MSJC SI Program.  In the Japanese culture, the hashi is a traditional wedding gift because in marriage, like hashi, it takes two to work.  For the MSJC SI Program, the hashi represents the partnership between the SI Leader and the SI Instructor.  Thanks to all the SI Leaders who contributed to the creation of the MSJC SI Logo!


MSJC Certification


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Mt. San Jacinto College Proudly Announces Recognition of Excellence for Premier Program

A program at Mt. San Jacinto College that delivers peer support to students in difficult courses recently received recognition for excellence in the state and the nation.

MSJC Supplemental Instruction (SI), a premier academic assistance program, is only the fifth college SI program in California to receive certification by the International Center for Supplemental Instruction, said Janice Levasseur, the program’s coordinator. The certification, received in January, endorses the MSJC SI Program’s commitment to the core principles of the SI Model and carries with it prestige and privileges. MSJC’s application demonstrated the SI Program’s commitment to SI Leader training and support, SI session planning, and the MSJC SI data. Commendations were given in the areas of training and mentoring. In addition to being the fifth college in California to receive this certification, it is one of only 25 colleges across the nation in the United States to achieve this distinction.

*Mt San Jacinto Public Information & Marketing Office "MSJC Supplemental Instruction Program Earns Certification.", 14 Feb. 2018, Accessed 18 Apr. 2018.​ 


MSJC SI Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

The SI Program impacts all SLOs for the SI Students and PLOs for the SI Leaders and SI Mentors. 

SI Participant Learning Outcomes

1. SI Participants (students) will recognize and apply essential study skills necessary to be a successful student.

2. SI Participants (students) will acquire and utilize strategies that promote their ability to persist (Habit of Mind (persisting) and Professional Skills (Planning and Carrying Out Projects)).

3. SI Participants (students) will feel more connected to their learning experience.

SI Leader Learning Outcomes

1. SI Leaders demonstrate effective communication skills.

2. The SI Leader, as a peer academic assistant, will foster an environment that encourages collaboration and engagement in the SI session.

3. The SI Leader, as a member of the SI Program, will develop skills necessary to be a productive member of a diverse team.

4. The SI Leader will identify from each class the content that is most important (significant) for students to understand.

5. The SI Leader will effectively create and facilitate an SI session to enhance student understanding of the identified significant topic. 

6. The SI Leader will self - identify areas of improvement within the SI sessions and create goals to address those areas. 

7. The SI Leader will develop intentional goals to address self - identified areas of improvement.

8. The SI Leader will receive, and reflection, critical feedback from others (SI Coordinator, SI Specialist, and SI Mentors).

9. The SI Leader, as a paraprofessional educator will gain and practice strategies on a range of topics introduced through professional learning/development opportunities.

SI Mentor Learning Outcomes

1. SI Mentors will exhibit effective interpersonal communication (active listening, body language, interruptions, eye contact, empathy, understanding, proper tone of voice, and productive inquiry) in a variety of settings (debriefs, meetings, office hours, etc.)

2. SI Mentors will give critical feedback effectively (non-threatening) during observation cycles.

3. SI Mentors will demonstrate acknowledgement and validation of the feelings, opinions, and contributions of others.

4. SI Mentors will judge accurately the effectiveness of the SI Leaders.

5. SI Mentors will provide effective recommendations to SI Leaders they observe.

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