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SI Comparison
Posted by Jodie Huddle on 22 March 2017 04:00 PM

Visits vs. Grades

The SI (Supplemental Instruction) Comparison report is used to compare student visits to course grade.  The SI programs primarily focus on peer-assisted study sessions for historically difficult courses.  For more information about Supplemental Instruction programs, visit http://info.umkc.edu/si/ .

Although this report was created for SI programs, any institution uploading grades to their Trac System can use its function of comparing student visits to course grades.  We are happy to assist in setting up this powerful report for your campus.

This report is intended to provide information based on one specific course and section at a time. You may also configure this report to search multiple courses at one time which will allow you to view a broad scope of students visited versus students who did not visit your center and the GPA received.

Visit Search…
Use the Section criteria to specify visits to include in the report.  The @ is a wildcard.  For example:
Section: ESL12000 @            
This will pull all visits for courses that begin with ‘ESL12000 ‘ (notice the space).  In this case, we wanted to make sure our lab courses (ESL12000L) are not included.

The SI (Supplemental Instruction) Comparison report is used to compare student visits to course grade.

Registrations Search…
Set Active as blank.
Usually, only the lecture course is used for this report.  So, make sure the filter criteria exclude the lab or recitation course names.
Use the Section criteria to specify courses to include in the report.  The @ is a wildcard.  For example:
Course ID: ESL12000 @            
This will pull all courses that begin with ‘ESL12000 ‘ (notice the space).  In this case, we wanted to make sure our lab courses (ESL12000L) are not included.

Course GPA
For complex grade values (not beginning with an A, B, C, D or F), define the value of each grade using the ‘Passing Grade Definition’ and ‘Non-Passing Grades’ fields. Otherwise, the numeric value of each grade will be assigned by the first letter.

1st Letter Value
A 4
B 3
C 2
D 1
F  (or other) 0

Passing/Non-Passing Grade Definition:
List the grades.  Only use commas to separate each grade.  This can be as simple as: A,B,C,D   OR   A+,A,A-,B+,B,B-
If grades are more complex, define their numeric value.
XA+=4,RA+=4,A+=4,XA=4,RA=4,A=4,XA-=4,RA-=4,A-=4,
XB+=3,RB+=3,B+=3,XB=3,RB=3,B=3,XB-=3,RB-=3,B-=3,
XC+=2,RC+=2,C+=2,XC=2,RC=2,C=2,XC-=2,RC-=2,C-=2,
XD+=1,RD+=1,D+=1,XD=1,RD=1,D=1,XD-=1,RD-=1,D-=1

Withdraw Codes
List withdraw codes.  For example: W,WA,I.

Addl Unattended Sessions
If there were SI sessions that no one attended, then put that number here.  There is also a built-in way to keep track of all SI sessions offered.  Have a fake student with a last name of ‘*SI Non’.  Enter in a visit for each SI session offered.  This will allow the report to pull in how many SI sessions were offered.

Affects of SI on Visits Breakdown
List the total visit groupings for the report.  For example: 0,1-4,5-7,8 or +
Adding a grouping for 0 visits helps in troubleshooting the report.

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