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October 2008

Release Date: Oct. 30, 2008ASU Logo

Angelo State Office a Finalist for Statewide Award

Angelo State University’s Office of Supplemental Instruction has been selected as a finalist for a prestigious 2008 Texas Higher Education Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

Established in 2001, the Star Awards recognize institutions of higher education, public and private schools, school districts, organizations, groups and individuals for exceptional contributions toward one or more of the goals outlined in the Texas higher education plan “Closing the Gaps by 2015.” Adopted by the THECB in 2000, the plan established four goals – to close the gaps in student participation, student success, academic excellence and research. The THECB received 69 applications for this year’s competition.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that uses peer-led group study to help students succeed in traditionally difficult courses. ASU’s Office of Supplemental Instruction opened in 2005 and currently offers support in 13 courses, including accounting, human biology, human anatomy, general chemistry, government, history and college algebra.

The ASU Office of Supplemental Instruction is part of the Center for Academic Excellence, which is located on the third floor of the Porter Henderson Library. The office is staffed by Sara Weertz, director of SI, a graduate assistant and 10 SI student leaders.

Star Award winners will be announced at a special luncheon during the 2008 Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference Dec. 2 in Austin.