Peer-Assisted Student Success, or PASS, programs consist of specialized support sessions that integrate hands-on practice and problem solving with appropriate use of peer-assisted learning (PAL) strategies to maximize content retention and mastery among students. PASS programs operate similarly to Supplemental Instruction (SI) sections, where the student section leader is someone who has taken the course they intend to support recently, done well, and received the endorsement of the faculty member leading the course. All PASS programs are supervised by a professional staff member and maintain a system of observation and ongoing training to support student leaders.
PASS, like SI, targets historically difficult courses. If a member of our team has contacted you regarding starting PASS program to support a course you lead, it is likely because our data indicates that a higher-than-average number of students have struggled in the class over time or if the course is considered a gateway requirement that could influence matriculation. This is not a reflection of the faculty or department, but often a function of the content difficulty, student preparation, or student participation levels. PASS programs aim to provide support to students increasing their chances of success- not to change the academic rigor of the course.
PASS programs are not intended to create additional work for faculty.
You can support PASS by granting time for
occasional in-class announcements and by either encouraging or requiring students to take advantage
of PASS sessions.
we will be in contact with you about the following aspects of the program:
Depending on the program, the PASS Leader may:
All PASS Leaders will:
The PASS Leader will NOT:
PASS Leaders will be selected only with the approval of the cooperating faculty
The PASS Supervisor will: