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Why did Valencia College adopt Smarthinking?
Annually, Valencia College conducts an Academic Initiative Review, a thorough evaluation of one area of the college. In 2017, Valencia’s Learning Leadership Council elected to focus on all
aspects of tutoring, including face-to-face tutoring, campus writing centers and math labs, and Smarthinking online tutoring.
How was Smarthinking implemented?
Smarthinking online tutoring services are available to all Valencia students through LMS single sign-on and the student portal. In addition, face-to-face tutoring is offered at every campus in the form of drop-in tutoring centers, math labs, and campus writing centers.
Did Smarthinking impact student performance?
Data analysis was commissioned by Valencia’s Institutional Research team and independently verified by Pearson. It shows:
- Smarthinking is an important component in students’ overall academic support program.
- Students who engage with tutoring services of any type achieved higher rates of success and persistence.
A faculty member states, “Responses from the most frequent users of tutoring services reveal that instructors are far and away the most influential in terms of prompting students to access tutoring services.”
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