We have found that not only do our tutees do better in their
classes, more of them are retained.  Also, their average SAT/ACT
scores are lower, but their overall gpa is higher. This goes for each
of our programs (SI, Math, Writing, Content Studies).  We do
individual program assessments and we do a center assessment.
We monitor grades in the courses we tutor in each program, and
overall gpa and retention (against those who do not use our
services) for all our tutees.

For those of you who will be at the CASP (TxCRLA/NADE)
conference next week, our Content Studies Program Director,
Melissa Boiles, will be presenting on the retention/gpa study. She
has a terrific session planned!

(Couldn't resist the plug ;)

Date sent:              Fri, 13 Oct 2000 16:49:09 -0400
From:                   "Neuburger, Jane A." <[log in to unmask]>
Subject:                tutoring research
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Dear Linda:
Yes, this is what Maxwell has said, although it is rebutted somewhat by
Boylan, Bonham, Bliss and Saxon in "What We Know About Tutoring: Findings
from the National Study of Developmental Education", in Research in
Developmental Education 12.3, 1995, available from the National Center for
Developmental Education (828) 262-3057.

However, note that Maxwell did not say that tutoring does not help, only
that it has not been found to help.  Is this a call to research, then?  How
can we figure out if tutoring helps or not?  The findings on Supplemental
Instruction are strong, why not for tutoring?  I'd love to see a discussion
on what research models have been tried for tutoring, and what have been the
results of those projects?

For instance, I found that tutored students grades in a course were about
the same as non-tutored students' grades.  Does this mean that tutoring had
no impact, or does it mean that tutoing helped the weaker students achieve
grades comparable to their better-prepared peers?  Only additional work will
tell me this, but it's a first step.

Who else is working on this?

Jane Neuburger
NYCLSA President
Assistant Professor, Reading, Writing, Tutoring
Center for Teaching & Learning
Cazenovia College
Cazenovia, NY 13035
(315) 655-7206
(315) 655-2190 (fax)
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"You cannot be a good theoretician, a good analyst,
without being a good practitioner.  If you are one or the
other, either something is wrong in your practice or
something is wrong in your theory."
                             --Julia Kristeva
Robin Redmon Wright
Director of the Academic Assistance and Resource Ctr.
Stephen F. Austin State University