Do you have a tutoring center, or have a coordinator who connects students and tutors, or what else? The Center for Academic Excellence is the campus tutoring Center. We have three professionals working in the Center or the equivalent of 2 1/2 positions. But Central only pays for 1 1/2 professionals. Our Student Support Services (SSS) grant pays the rest of our salaries. How do you assess need for tutoring, if you do? We have a multi-tiered system for assessing tutorial need. Students may self-refer; faculty may refer; departments may refer those students who need basic-skills endorsements to graduate. how is your center funded : operating budget, student fees, etc, etc if TRIO-funded, what do you do about non-TRIO students We are TRIO FUNDED at the 50% level; we serve non-TRIO students too! Do you charge students for tutoring? if so,how do you handle it? No, tutoring is free! What are your limits on tutoring, if any No limits established. Do you use peer tutors or outsiders or both How much do you pay them, or do you? We have peer tutors and run a general tutorial operation AND an SI-model program. What does the center [or person] do that you would want to pass on to others? Look to more than one kind of assistance to make your programs cost-effective. Our SI-type program helps our budget bottom line trememdously. In addition, if you can use peer tutors to do study groups, this will also be an economically sound way to proceed. What, if anything, did you try, and then promise yourself you would never do again? Keep peer tutors who did not perform on our staff too long. No, I am much more apt to truncate the relationship if they are NOT willing to do the job. In this regard, if a tutor decides NOT to responsibly show up for work, that tutor will be given a second chance and then fired if he/she still does not meet his/her obligations to us. Linda Blatt, Director Center for Academic Excellence Associate Professor of English Central College 812 University Pella, IA 50219 (641) 628-5209 Fax: (641) 628-5316 mailto:[log in to unmask] "Formal education will earn you a living; self-education makes you a fortune."