Student Retention Programs

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program that offers peer assistance in historically challenging academic courses by scheduling twice-weekly study sessions. SI study sessions are study groups in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, predict test items, and learn study skills that will help in both current and future courses. The sessions are facilitated by SI leaders, students who have previously and successfully taken the course, and been recommended by the instructor. The SI leader acts as a model student of the discipline. Supplemental Instruction is offered to enrolled students at no cost. For further information, contact the Office of Student Retention Programs in Hawthorn 425 or call (219) 981-4296.

Guided Studies/Critical Literacy Program

The Guided Studies Program is for students who do not meet the university's regular or probationary admission criteria. Admission into this program will be determined by the Office of Admissions and Student Retention Programs. Students may be required to take additional proficiency tests to be admitted. Students admitted to Guided Studies participate in the Critical Literacy Program (CLP), designed to strengthen students' study skills and their foundational skills in basic reading, critical thinking, and writing.  Students are offered an additional level of support through the peer mentors assigned to the classroom. These mentors meet with students to offer support and share their knowledge of IU Northwest, in one-on-one meetings and group sessions. The curriculum consists of 12 credit hours of specific course work focused on basic reading, writing, and study/college skills. After successfully completing the program requirements, students may enroll in regular university courses leading to a degree. Support services for CLP participants include the Writing Center (English Department, (219) 980-6502), the Math Lab (Math Department, (219) 980-6590), and the Reading Lab (School of Education, (219) 980-6597). For further information, contact the Office of Student Retention Programs in Hawthorn 425 or call (219) 981-4296.


Students who have not met the requirements for admissions to IU Northwest are referred to REACH, a collaborative program with IVY Tech Community College. Upon successful completion of the REACH courses, students are guaranteed admission to IU Northwest.

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