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2018-2019 Executive Summary

REACH had an exciting 2018-19 academic year with a number of new and expanded services to support student success at UofL. Among our many accomplishments, we:

  • Successfully transitioned the bulk of our services to the new Belknap Academic Building

  • Launched a new satellite location, the Academic and Leadership Center (ALC), in partnership with Speed School of Engineering and expanded course tutoring options

  • Demonstrated that we have closed the achievement gap between students of color and Caucasian students through our GEN 103 and 104 intervention math courses

  • Garnered 4, one-time grants (UofL student success funds) that will facilitate expanded tutoring services for 2019-20AY in Biology (PAL), Engineering, and Public Health as well as enable renovations of the Computer Resource Center (Ekstrom)

  • Finalized preparations to absorb MAT 55 from JCTC into our GEN 103 intervention course

  • Completed plans and facilitated faculty buy-in to convert SI to PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) for 2019-20AY

  • Finalized the new iteration of our strategic plan for 2019-2022 that includes adjusted goals and outcomes

  • Continued cohort analyses, which demonstrate that students utilizing REACH tutoring have statistically significant differences in terms of cumulative GPA, retention rates, and graduation rates compared to non-users

  • Served 70.4% of the entire 2018 cohort through tutoring services

  • Increased our service hours by 17.3% compared to the previous four-year average

  • Offered a historic high of 14,251 tutoring hours through the Math Resource Center

  • Achieved an 82% pass rate in the reading intervention course sections of GEN 105

  • Attained a record 88% A,B,C pass rate across all tutoring and a 94% pass rate for all passing grades (A,B,C,D)

Moreover, the critical academic support and retention initiatives we offer at UofL are positively impacting students’ course grades, cumulative GPA, retention rates, and graduation rates. In fact, students who take full advantage of REACH significantly outperform non-users. Furthermore, these services are proving invaluable in helping us meet the university’s 21st Century Initiative.