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Adjunct faculty are also an untapped resource and are sometimes eager to
make some extra cash.  Nora
Nora Murphy |Director, Academic Success Center | College of Education
|DePaul University 
2320 North Kenmore Avenue, SAC 303, Chicago, IL 60614 | PH: (773) 325-1652 |
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> From: Kathryn Van Wagoner <[log in to unmask]>
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> Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 21:02:25 +0000
> To: "[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Tutoring Upper Division Courses
> 
> Hi Shevawn,
> 
> I run a drop in math lab, but I'm centralized, so I serve all math classes on
> campus -- which happen to be from basic math to upper division stuff like Calc
> III,  linear algebra, probability, etc.
> 
> We use student employees, mostly.  Often they "grow" into upper division
> tutors.  I require a new tutor to have completed Calc I. The majority of the
> tutoring we do is in algebra, so they must also pass an algebra test. (As well
> as get letters of recommendation, etc, per the CRLA certification
> requirements). 
> 
> We are a university now, but when I started in this position 11 years ago, we
> had recently changed from community college to four year college. The math
> degree was just being approved.  Most of my tutors were hired from a local
> university.  Over the years as the math program grew, I was eventually able to
> hire our own math students - as student employees. I maintain an "advanced
> tutor" position on the non-student job board for multiple reasons: sometimes
> one of my tutors transfers to the other local university, but wants to
> continue working for me; sometimes they graduate and never leave (it seems);
> sometimes I hire from the community (people with bachelor degrees) - as it
> suits my needs.  I have one woman who has worked for me about 10 years. She
> just loves to tutor. I need another one like her who can do stats.
> 
> Hope some of that helps.
> 
> Kathryn Van Wagoner
> Utah Valley University Math Lab
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> 801-863-8411
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Shevawn Eaton
> Sent: Friday, August 19, 2011 1:21 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Tutoring Upper Division Courses
> 
> Greetings everyone, I"m hoping you can assist me with your thoughts.
> 
> My new boss has told me more than once in the last couple of weeks that we
> should start to focus our energies on tutoring upper division (eg courses in
> the major).  
> 
> We have never set out to do upper division.  It has always been policy here
> that we only support General education courses and core requirements.  As a
> result, we are entirely an undergraduate student tutor supported program.
> 
> So here is my question for the four year university folks out there.....
> 
> If your services are NOT part of the academic college or department, but are a
> campus wide service, and you tutor upper division courses, how do you do that?
> 
> Do you use upper division students?  Graduate students?  Professional tutors?
> 
> Do you use generalist tutors, working on the basic study strategies, etc, or
> do you have content based tutors that work that way.
> 
> Do you work directly with faculty who teach these courses to be sure the
> tutoring provided is on target?
> 
> Do you know what proportion of the tutoring you do is for major courses?  What
> proportions of funds?
> 
> Anything else I should know?  Any advice?  Any suggestions?  Any warnings?
> 
> I'm really at a loss on this.  I never thought we would be at this point, but
> demographic shifts in the student population have created new issues.
> 
> Please feel free to give me a call or email me privately on the email below.
> 
> Thanks for your help.
> 
> 
> 
> Shevawn Eaton, Ph.D.
> Director, ACCESS/ESP
> Northern Illinois University
> DeKalb, IL 60115
> PH: (815) 753-0581
> www.tutoring.niu.edu
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> FAX: (815) 753-4115
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