Supportive Services Program
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Engaging Students to Plan, Act, & Do
The Supportive Services Program (SSP) faculty members teach courses and engage in activities designed to promote UMD student success.
- SSP faculty offer learner-centered courses for those who want to better prepare for college-level work as well as those who want to gain leadership skills geared toward increasing college and professional success.
- SSP faculty train undergraduate peer tutors and Supplemental Instruction leaders to complement classroom instruction for some of UMD's most challenging courses.
- SSP faculty partner with others on campus, including Financial Aid, Students in Transition, and Admissions, to train peer leaders and mentors who work with fellow students in a variety of ways; such collaborations increase retention and lead to higher levels of satisfaction for all involved.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students participating in SSP programs are knowledgeable in the understanding and application of learning strategies necessary to be successful in their college coursework.
- Students enrolled in SSP preparatory courses apply effective learning strategies to their college coursework.
- Tutors and TAs document and evaluate their practice as peer educators through critical reflection.
- Students identify professional skills sought by employers that are developed through their peer leadership experiences as tutors, SI leaders, and TAs.
- Tutors, SI Leaders, and TAs provide assistance that involves students who request help as active learners, thereby deepening their learning through collaboration.
- Students who use peer-to-peer learning services through SSP improve their understanding of subject knowledge.