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For my school, all of our tutors are CRLA certified and hold degrees.? Many have their masters or are working on post grad work.? Many are teachers at high schools or retired teachers.? I am an instructor as well as a tutor.? I think it would depend on what type of tutor you have and where the classes are.? For example, our learning center is above the library and right next to math classes and near the science classes.? Our writing center is in the building next to the library, but it is housed where all the English/Humanities courses are taught.? It is easy for students to pass us on their way to English or history class.? I think it also depends on your school.? I know larger universities tend to have writing centers separate due to sheer volume of students.


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From: Hill, Vicki <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 12:46 pm
Subject: Re: Reasons Against Merging of Tutoring Center and Writing Center



We have also seen many benefits from consolidating.  We have many student tutors 
who tutor a variety of subjects, as well as writing,  and the faculty who work 
in our Writing Center are very good at referring students to tutors in other 
areas.

I will add that our initial consolidation wasn't voluntary; it came in response 
to budget cutbacks, and people from both areas had reservations.  I had 
forgotten those first few rocky months until I started writing this email.  Now 
I wouldn't want  it any other way.

Last year, when some "higher-ups" suggested separating the Writing Center, it 
was the Writing Center faulty who most strenuously objected.

Staff, faculty, tutors and, most of all students, benefit from our 
consolidation.

Vicki

Dr. Vicki L. Hill
Director, Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX 75275-0201
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On 1/9/09 12:36 PM, "Vick, Tim" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I have to echo this position. Having the services combined is the most
efficient, student-friendly thing to do on our campuses. It may not work
everywhere but we (and our students) love having all academic assistance
in one place.

With budgets getting tighter, I'm surprised more schools aren't
combining services to the maximum extent possible.

Tim
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Macon State College
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Sent: Friday, January 09, 2009 1:04 PM
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Subject: Re: Reasons Against Merging of Tutoring Center and Writing
Center

I agree with Jan.   One of the best things we ever did was combine all
of our services.  We h
ave a "one-stop-shop" of academic support services
called the Learning Lab which includes a writing center, a math center,
peer tutors, the Supplemental Instruction program, Study Skills
Specialists, a licensed personal counselor, and the Special Needs
Office.  It is a huge benefit to our students to be able to walk them
over to various parts of our area to get them to the services they need.
We love it.

Julie Clevenger
Executive Director, Learning Lab
Lincoln Land Community College
5250 Shepherd Rd.  P.O. Box 19256
Springfield, IL 62794-9256
(217) 786-2365
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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
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Sent: Friday, January 09, 2009 8:47 AM
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Subject: Re: Reasons Against Merging of Tutoring Center and Writing
Center

Howard,

I guess I would want more reasons why you don't want to merge.  Is it
going to radically cramp one group's amount of functional space?  Are
they merging into the less welcoming, colder/hotter, smaller, moldy
space?  Is there a history of violence between the writing and content
tutoring, a sort of cross-discipline ancient feud?  Doesn't research
suggest there are academic benefits to more centralized services?  The
opportunities for cross-training among the tutors, ease of service
location for students, and immediate referrals between the two services
seem like good reasons to actively seek a joining of tutorial services.
It sounds like a good thing: a student comes for help while writing a
paper, and in one location that is working jointly to benefit student
learning, the student can find both help for understanding the subject
discipline as well as help for expressing their understanding in their
writing.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Masuda, Howard" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009 6:47 pm
Subject: Reasons Against Merging of Tutoring Center and Writing Center
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> Hi Everyone,
>

>             Happy New Year!
>
>             I am hoping I might get some reasons or arguments for not
> merging our University Writing Center (in existence about 15
> years) and
> our University Tutorial Center (in existence for 30
> years).  We are both
> located in separate rooms on the first and second floors in the
> Library.The Provost would like to bring the Writing Center down
> to the first
> floor and possibly consolidate the two Centers.  Both
> Centers have been
> functioning effectively and efficiently separately for all of these
> years.  If you need any more information to respond to this
> inquiry,please let me know.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Howard Masuda
>
>
>
> Dr. Howard Masuda
>
> Director, University Tutorial Center
>
> California State University, Los Angeles
>
> Library Palmer Wing 1062A
>
> (323) 343-3972
>
>
>
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