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I have a question for the group which was raised by this discussion.
I gain from Developmental Education a grounding in developmental  
theory and see it applied
in a relevant context. I'm wondering if anyone can direct me to  
learning center/academic support/
learning assistance theory? I've seen a little of this kind of  
scholarship with respect to writing centers,
but not learning centers per se. Any leads would be appreciated.

I'm  currently working on articulating a theory (in addition to a  
mission and strategic plan) to guide
our center. I'm trying to articulate a fundamental way of thinking  
about what we do which in some
cases merely reveals the assumptions inherent in the design of centers  
and their services, and in
some cases challenges these tacit notions. In short, I'm asking what,  
from a particular theoretical
perspective, does a learning center do? What is its function; what and  
what could it be?

At the moment, I'm borrowing some ideas from organizational theory to  
conceptualize my center and
explore these questions. But, I'd like to see some other approaches.
Thanks,
Nic
On Aug 3, 2011, at 7:48 PM, M Frenchie wrote:

> Saundra,
>
> Yes I do understand that. I guess if I was only interested in  
> working at an
> Ivy league school, then I would have to look elsewhere but it works  
> for me.
>
> Thank you,
>
> Michelle
>
> On Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 7:40 PM, Saundra Y McGuire <[log in to unmask]>  
> wrote:
>
>> Thanks, Michelle.  I am certainly convinced that the courses are  
>> quite
>> valuable (you're preaching to the choir here), but it's just that a  
>> degree
>> in developmental education would not make one competitive for a  
>> position at
>> many Ivy League institutions or professional schools.  I know the  
>> courses
>> are applicable at all levels, but it's the "developmental" in the  
>> title that
>> is problematic in some circles.
>>
>> In fact, unfortunately, some places go to great lengths to make  
>> sure that
>> no developmental courses are offered by the institution.  I don't  
>> agree with
>> this attitude, but unfortunately it prevails.
>>
>> Best,
>> Saundra
>>
>>
>> Saundra McGuire, Ph.D.
>> Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning, Teaching, and Retention
>> Professor, Department of Chemistry
>> 135A T Boyd Hall
>> Louisiana State University
>> Baton Rouge, LA 70803
>> 225.578.6749 phone
>> Saundra Y. McGuire, Ph.D.
>> [log in to unmask]
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:
>> [log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of M Frenchie
>> Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2011 1:43 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: Doctoral Programs in Learning/Academic Support
>>
>> Saundra,
>>
>> Although the degree from Grambling is in Developmental Education,  
>> many of
>> the courses discuss learning assistance and higher education  
>> administration.
>> I have read many articles written by authors that others have  
>> mentioned. If
>> I were not in the classes, I probably would not be researching and  
>> learning
>> about the field. I have attached the classes that are required by the
>> program in case anyone is interested.
>>
>> Michelle Gerdes
>> Academic Affairs Specialist and Instructor USMA
>>
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 2:29 PM, Diana Bell <[log in to unmask]>  
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Saundra,
>>> I, too, hope there is a program out there. I would seriously go  
>>> for a
>>> second doctorate if I could find such a program.
>>> Thanks (and always good to see you on here!). You were my very first
>>> mentor!
>>> Best,
>>> Diana
>>>
>>> On Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 1:23 PM, Saundra Y McGuire <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Diana is right on target here.  I too noticed that the doctoral
>>>> programs were within Developmental Education. I think that
>>>> developmental education
>>> is
>>>> great, but there are now many learning assistance professionals who
>>>> work
>>> in
>>>> graduate and professional schools.    A degree in Developmental
>> Education
>>>> would not be helpful for them, whereas a degree in learning
>>>> assistance would.
>>>>
>>>> Hoping that there's an existing degree in learning assistance, or
>>>> one on the drawing board somewhere, Saundra
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Saundra McGuire, Ph.D.
>>>> Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning, Teaching, and Retention
>>>> Professor, Department of Chemistry 135A T Boyd Hall Louisiana State
>>>> University Baton Rouge, LA 70803
>>>> 225.578.6749 phone
>>>> Saundra Y. McGuire, Ph.D.
>>>> [log in to unmask]
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:
>>>> [log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Diana Bell
>>>> Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2011 4:45 PM
>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>>> Subject: Re: Doctoral Programs in Learning/Academic Support
>>>>
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> I find it interesting that the question about doctoral programs in
>>> learning
>>>> assistance garnered feedback from development education programs,  
>>>> as
>>> though
>>>> those two disciplines were the same.  Learning assistance is very
>>> different
>>>> than Developmental Education--DE is *part *of what learning
>>>> assistant professionals do, but only a part. I think it is
>>>> problematic to collapse
>>> the
>>>> two, for us, our administration, and, most importantly, for the
>> students.
>>>> AND, I would love to find a specialization in learning assistance.
>>>> If
>>> that
>>>> were the case, I might even go back for another doctoral degree!
>>>> Best,
>>>> Diana
>>>>
>>>> On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 4:21 PM, Hambrick, Doriss <
>>>> [log in to unmask]
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Oh, my goodness, Michelle. It's Texas State University - San
>>>>> Marcos - NOT The University of Texas-San Marcos. We get really
>>>>> touchy about that  ;~)
>>>>>
>>>>> Doriss Hambrick
>>>>> Baylor University
>>>>> Paul L. Foster Success Center
>>>>> Sid Richardson Building, Office #036 Academic Support Programs One
>>>>> Bear Place #97072
>>>>> 254-710-3828 (office)
>>>>> 254-710-3670 (fax)
>>>>> The Academically Successful Bear
>>>>> Office Hours MON - 1:30pm - 4:30pm / TUE - 1:30pm - 3:00pm / WED -
>>>>> 1:30pm - 4:30pm / THU - 1:30pm - 3:00pm / FRI - 8:30am - 10:00am
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>> From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:
>>>>> [log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of M Frenchie
>>>>> Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2011 4:16 PM
>>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>>>> Subject: Re: Doctoral Programs in Learning/Academic Support
>>>>>
>>>>> Marcy,
>>>>>
>>>>> I am currently a student in The Ed.D. program for developmental
>>>> education.
>>>>> There are many classes that focus on academic support. I believe
>> Univ.
>>>>> of Texas-San Marcos might be starting a program also.
>>>>>
>>>>> Michelle
>>>>>
>>>>> On Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 10:52 AM, Marcia Vajner Marinelli
>>>>> <[log in to unmask]
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Hi all -
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I have a friend who is interested in doing what we all do and
>>>>>> she wanted to know whether there are any doctoral programs in
>>>>>> academic support.  I know that many of us come from very diverse
>>>>>> academic backgrounds but I'm not familiar with any specific
>>>>>> doctoral programs that
>>>>> focus on academic support.
>>>>>> Does anyone on the list know of any such program?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> As always, thanks for the information!
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Marcy
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Marcy Marinelli, Ph.D., NCC
>>>>>> Assistant Director - University of Maryland Counseling Center
>>>>>> Learning Assistance Service Affiliate Assistant Professor -
>>>>>> Department of Counseling & Personnel Services 2202A Shoemaker  
>>>>>> Bldg.
>>>>>> University of Maryland
>>>>>> College Park, MD  20742
>>>>>> 301-314-7680
>>>>>> 301-314-9206 (fax)
>>>>>>
>>>>>> www.counseling.umd.edu/LAS
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Did you know -- You can now schedule appointments online with  
>>>>>> LAS!
>>>>>> Visit https://lasonline.umd.edu<https://lasonline.umd.edu/>
>>>>>>
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