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The Academic Support Center at Austin Peay State University contains the 
Writing Lab and peer tutoring for other subjects. I realize you asked for 
reasons not to merge the centers, however having a combined service has 
proven very advantageous for us.

Here are a few reasons to consider combining the services:

* One central support location: The students know where to seek help for 
any subject.

* Ease for students: Students are able to receive the help they need, 
sometimes involving more than one tutor. For example: A student brings a 
paper to the Writing Lab. The writing tutor helps with form and style of 
the paper, but is concerned that some of the content doesn't sound right. 
She sends the student over to see one of the peer tutors for that subject 
area to review the content of the paper.

* Reduced administrative and support costs: I am the only full-time 
employee in our center. We use a single reception area for scheduling and 
tracking appointments. This reduces the cost and space requirements.

* Consistency in the training program: The core of our training program is 
consolidated. Then we conduct break-out sessions for topics which are 
specific to individual areas within the center.

We serve over 1500 students per semester. I truly feel that consolidating 
our services allows us to better serve the students while conserving 
scarce university resources.

Martin Golson
Instructional Specialist

On Thu, 8 Jan 2009 16:43:24 -0800, Masuda, Howard 
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>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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