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Frank - I think you are right on track here.  Kudos for representing us
so well!

Marcy Marinelli

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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
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Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2006 3:22 PM
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Subject: Getting Involved outside our box

For those of you who are subscribed to the "Inside Higher Education"
newsletter, you may want to look at the comment that I made in response
to an article, "Out of Step,"  an article describing a symposium on
student success  and a speech by Dr. Bok (Harvard University) on the
first day of  The National Symposium on Postsecondary Student Success,
sponsored by the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative, a
partnership of institutions, associations and government agencies. 

The summary of the article stated that  "College officials discuss
strategies for student success -- and  admit that they aren't always
doing the best job of translating  theory into action."
My comment on "Out of Step" in Inside Higher Education, Nov. 2.
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/11/02/success  It is below: 

"As a pioneer in learning assistance centers and a strong advocate of
the role that learning and study competencies play in student success, I
am dismayed that no mention was made of learning assistance and in
particular of learning centers in the discussion. I am very concerned
that most college and university administrators know very little about
such centers and their value in assisting students to succeed.  BTW, the
competencies (time management, task organization, reading, writing,
notemaking) that learning skills specialists attempt to pass on to
college and university students are very similar to those needed by
corporate managers. This can be readily seen when one looks at the
number of competency workshops that business and industry schedules for
their employees. Why then the lack of attention to the role that
learning assistance centers and their staff play in student success and
retention? If university officials feel a need to find out more about
learning support centers in higher education, they might very well
access and peruse the resources in the web portal LSCHE
(http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/~lsche), especially the resource on
articles. "

Do you think that my comment is accurate and that it might make a
difference?  For those of you who subscribe to Inside Higher Education,
and think as I do, please make a further comment on Dr. Bok's address
and the responses by symposium attendees.   For those of who do not
subscribe to Inside Higher Education, consider doing so and reacting
publicly to its articles that seem to ignore our existence as a potent
force in student success and retention.      Collegially.........

[log in to unmask]                   For all of us to win in the knowledge
economy,
Frank L Christ                      we need to unleash the knowledge in
our
Emeritus, CSULB                document databases, use and reuse our
past
Visiting Scholar, U of AZ     knowledge, find ways to create new
knowledge
             and then share it across our enterprise........
             ...Rick Thoman, Former Xerox Corp President & CEO
LSCHE Web Portal:      http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/~lsche/ 

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