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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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Macon, GA 31206
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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Clevenger, Julie
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 have 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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-----Original Message-----
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
To: [log in to unmask]

> 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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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 
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