Classroom Tutors


The Classroom Tutoring (CT) pilot program, coordinated by Mariam Kushkaki, is expanding into seven disciplines for the spring semester. Outcomes from the first year of the pilot show promise. In 2015 CT’s were available in two disciplines (Math & English). We have since moved into various other disciplines with positive results.  Research revealed that overall retention and success rates were highest for those who attended CT sessions, particularly those who attended more than nine sessions, (94%).  This pattern only increased in the Spring and Summer 2016 semesters enabling us to increase availability to five disciplines.  Each semester we have experienced increased success within the program.  In the Spring of 2017 we will have 20 CT’s; available in the following disciplines:

·         ANTH 102 ·         GEOL 100
·         ASTR 101 ·         MATH 92
·         BIOL 107 ·         MATH 96
·         CHEM 100 ·         MATH 104
·         CHEM 152 ·         MATH 116
·         GEOG 101 ·         MATH 119

The complete outcome reports may be found here:

Classroom Tutoring Student Demographics and Outcomes – Fall 2015

Classroom Tutoring Student Demographics and Outcomes – Spring and Summer 2016



We hosted our first ever Winter CRUISE, January 10-12, and Saturday 31463006383_a238cdd509_oCRUISE, January 14, 2017, and they were a SUCCESS!!!! The CRUISE (Creating Rich Unique Intellectual Student Experiences), our engagement and support network to first time students, reached out to our local early graduates, first time students, and international students to provide them with all the introductory support they need to succeed. We had 95 students participate in the Winter CRUISE, and an additional 55 students for the Saturday CRUISE.

In addition to the usual overviews from Counseling, Math, and English, students pa31458964543_718a6aa13b_orticipated in a Financial Literacy/Decision-making Workshop with the support of California Coast Credit Union. Students engaged in “A Bite of Reality” activity where they were given personas and asked to make financial decisions for their personal transportation, housing, and living expenses.  Students were tempted to purchase expensive sports cars, concert/event tickets, and high end clothing to test their knowledge of financially sound decision making.

For the Saturday CRUISE we initiated a Student Panel made up of Peer Navigators, Classroom Tutors, Outreach Ambassadors, and returning CRUISE Participants. We called this: “First Day at Mesa”, and began with the Panel sharing their personal experiences with the students of their First Day on campus.  After hearing briefly from the panel members, a Q & A was opened up.  We were so impressed, not only by the rich dialogue that ensued, but most especially by the genuine questions that were presented for this discussion.

Fashioned after the speed dating concept, CRUISE offered a “Mee31433470134_40e4422654_ot & Greet” workshop.  Fourteen programs across the campus hosted information booths.  Participants traveled in small groups from booth to booth every four minutes for short interactions.  While at each booth participants were given a glimpse of what each program offered and how they could further support each students move toward success.

Our Student Success Specialist Agustin Rivera, Jr., along with Project Assistant, Alexi Balaguer, and the team of Peer Navigators, worked diligently for weeks in preparation, and produced a smooth CRUISE. Check out some more of the photos here:

2017 Winter CRUISE


The CRUISE (Creating Rich Unique Intellectual Student Experience) pilot program, coordinated by Student Success Specialist Agustin Rivera, Jr., includes multiple components geared toward supporting students.  Beginning in Summer 2015, CRUISE was developed as an outreach and support network to first time students.  Participants attend a multi-day event that includes a tour of the campus, opportunities to meet other students and faculty, and tools for navigating success in an academic program.31896767910_3e8a7173f4_o

As part of the program, Participants are connected to a Peer Navigator (student mentor). These Peer Navigators serve as an on-going source of support and guidance for students:  alerting them to upcoming events, hosting workshops, and providing encouragement.  We currently have 16 Peer Navigators serving approximately 400 students.

31458958423_5e7702b47d_o1The goals for the CRUISE Program include: increasing student connection to campus, persistence, and academic performance. On the whole, all participants tended to have better academic outcomes; specifically they had higher rates of persistence and c31458945963_bcab846bd6_oourse success.  Additionally, participants who practiced more frequent two-way contacts were associated with higher levels of performance.  Some highlights include:


Fall 2015 First-Time Student CRUISE Participant and Comparison Group Outcomes



Fall 2015 Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 Persistence Rate
Retention Rate Success Rate Term GPA
CRUISE Participant 90% 76% 2.66 93%
Not Participant 88% 66% 2.35 72%

Spring 2016 CRUISE Participants and Comparison Group Outcomes



Spring 2016
Retention Rate Success Rate Term GPA
CRUISE Participant 92% 72% 2.44
Not Participant 87% 68% 2.33

Fall 2015 Summer First-Time Student CRUISE Participant Outcomes by Two-Way Contacts

# Two-Way Contacts Fall 2015 Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 Persistence Rate
Retention Rate Success Rate Term GPA
0-1 88% 67% 2.36 93%
2-4 89% 74% 2.70 96%
5-7 90% 80% 2.78 91%
>=8 93% 83% 2.85 92%
Total 90% 76% 2.66 93%

Link to the full report can be found here:

2015 Summer CRUISE Student Outcomes