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We match students with a peer tutor for the entire semester. We do not
require a signature from the professor. We feel that the students are
responsible adults and should be encouraged to decide for themselves if
they would like to receive assistance.

We do have an Academic Alert program where professors can notify the
Academic Alert Coordinator of students who need intervention. In this
case, the professor is notified that the student has been contacted.

We also give students the option of whether or not their professor is
notified of a session in the Writing Lab. Some professors provide extra
credit for the students receiving writing assistance. This encourages
the students to seek help and removes any stigma associated with
receiving assistance.


Martin Golson
Instructional Specialist
Austin Peay State University

(931) 221-6553



-----Original Message-----
From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Kelly Grim
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 2:55 PM
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Subject: Professor Signature on Tutor Request?

Hello All! Our tutoring program matches students with tutors who work
with 
them for the length of the semester. For years now, the process of 
requesting a tutor has required that students have their professors sign

the request form. 

Does anyone have a similar practice in place? If yes, why do you require

the signature? 

I think I'd like to scratch the practice altogether but am hesitant. I'd

say that our main reason for requiring the signature has been to help 
initiate student-faculty interactions that otherwise may not occur -- it

allows students the chance to demonstrate to their professors their 
motivation and commitment to the course and to talk with them about
their 
struggles. However, I'm beginning to think that the signature isn't 
serving its purpose. I hear that professors, mobbed by students after 
class, hurriedly slap signatures on request forms and that faculty
office 
hours for some of our most demanded courses are still being
underutilized.

I'm on the fence about this... any thoughts or suggestions are greatly 
appreciated!

Kelly Grim
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Director, Center for Academic Success
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA

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