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Faculty Guide to Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

What is the PASS Program (aka.Supplemental Instruction or SI)?

PASS is a learning enhancement program. It is designed to organize and improve the ways in which students prepare for class outside of class. PASS is attached to courses to provide students with a systematic and disciplined approach for processing the course material assigned by the professor. Through this program a peer leader is assigned to a course. This is a student who is usually recommended by the professor and has demonstrated proficiency in a targeted course and receives dynamic ongoing training from the PASS Coordinator who has been certified by the International Center for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri Kansas City.

The peer leader attends the course on a regular basis and models effective student practices and attitudes. The peer leader schedules and conducts two group meetings a week at times convenient to members of the class. During these sessions, the peer leader uses interactive learning strategies which encourage involvement, comprehension, and synthesis of course content. In addition, the peer leader will incorporate demonstrations of effective study techniques.

What courses typically have PASS?

PASS targets historically challenging courses. In other words, this course contains content that students consider to be difficult. It is designed to support faculty teaching and is assigned to a course because of what is being taught, not because of the manner in which it is being taught.

What are the expectations of a faculty member who has PASS?

  • Assisting with recruitment of leaders
  • Meeting weekly with leaders to discuss session content and management
  • Creating time for the leader to make announcements in class and on Canvas
  • Endorsement of the PASS Program as a benefit for all students in the class
  • Providing the PASS Program Coordinator and peer leader assistance marketing and assessing program outcomes

What should I expect from the PASS peer leader?

The peer leader will attend all class meetings; maintain a professional attitude about matters such as class standards, grades, and student complaints; discourage students from attending the out of class study sessions as a substitute for class; share materials with the cooperating faculty member before use, if possible; and provide feedback to the cooperating faculty member if requested to do so. Peer leaders are not Instructors, guest lecturers, paper graders, teaching assistants or gofers. They are there to supplement the course content.

What should I expect from the PASS Coordinator?

That we will cooperate with faculty in selecting candidates for peer leaders and place leaders only with the approval of the cooperating faculty member; train all peer leaders according to established guidelines and standards; monitor the activities and presentations of peer leaders for as long as necessary by attending class with them, helping plan sessions and supervising their performance; provide supplies, training, in-service experiences, consultations for peer leaders; and provide cooperating faculty with an end-of-term comparative analysis of student performance. (Copyrights by the Curators of the University of Missouri, 2003)

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact PASS staff at