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While Delta is not a big university, we do have tewn thousand or so
student enrolled each semester.  We have opted for the centralized model
of academic support.  All academic support programs are housed in the
T/LC--Peer Mentoring (SI), SLA (for developmentla level courses),
tutoring (walk-in).  To me, a tutor is a tutor, regardless of what s/he
is called.  The foundation of training is the same whether the tutor
will work in math, history, English, whatever.  Of course, there will be
specialized trainig for specific content needs, but the idea of using
probing questions to elicit responses or imparting learning and study
strategies based on the work the student has come with is the same
regardless or content.  Centralization allows for a consistant training
program for all tutors and reduces the cost of tutorial programs because
of that (and because tutors can, and do, tutor students across the
curriculum.

Jim

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Subject: Re: Centralized vs. Decentralized tutoring programs

We became even more centralized this year, and we've had very positive
feedback from students and tutors alike. 

Susan Jones
Academic Development Specialist
Academic Development Center
Parkland College
Champaign, IL  61821
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>>> Melissa Chandler <[log in to unmask]> 10/18/06 9:56 AM >>>
We are centralized. The math and science are housed under the
centralized "peer tutoring department". The English department manages
its own Writing Center where the English tutors are housed, so maybe a
little of both.
Melissa Chandler
Developmental Specialist
Allen County Community College
Iola, KS 66749
At 09:49 AM 10/18/2006, you wrote:
>Hi all,
>
>I am trying to get some information and numbers for large research 
>universities to determine whether the preferred model of tutoring is 
>centralized with one department responsible for managing peer tutoring
or
>decentralized with various academic departments managing their own 
>tutoring.
>
>Thanks in advance,
>Roberta Schotka
>NADE'08 conference co-chair
>Head, Peer Tutoring
>Northeastern University Libraries, 242 SL
>(617) 373-2150 voice
>(617) 373-2529 fax
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