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We won't tutor anyone who isn't actually registered for the course.  We go out of our way to describe our services as "course support" and post our mission statement on the wall for exactly this reason.  We don't expend resources on students who are not currently registered for a course that we tutor because it takes resources away from students who are registered and trying to pass those courses, which is what contributes to institutional goals regarding course completion and retention.  We do all of our scheduling through TutorTrac using imported registration data, so students can't make appointments if they're not registered, which helps a lot.
 

Michele Costabile Doney, MSEd
Director, Math & Science Resource Center
Adjunct Instructor, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
Recording Secretary, Higher Education Officers Council
Secretary, Association for the Tutoring Profession
NCLCA Certified Learning Center Professional - Level One
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Pickering, Chad M
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 1:02 PM
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Subject: Tutoring for students not enrolled in relevant courses?

Greetings, community,

I'd love to get everyone's thoughts on a matter that came up for me recently. I coordinate not only CSU-Pueblo's Writing Room (its writing center), but also its General Education Tutoring (GET) Center, where we provide weekly tutoring sessions to students enrolled in specific humanities or social science courses at the lower-division level. While presenting our services to a class today, I was faced with a question from one student who wanted to know if she could receive German tutoring while not enrolled in a German language course. I told her I was not in principle opposed to the idea but could foresee challenges with documenting and tracking these sessions (because we normally indicate the classes for which students receive Gen Ed tutoring). My supervisor also expressed concerns about whether this would be an appropriate use of our funds-after all, our German tutor could be assisting those who are actually taking German language courses.

Has anyone here dealt with similar situations? Feel free to share your stories and advice!

Chad M. Pickering, M.A.
Writing Room and General Education Tutoring Coordinator Center for Academic Enrichment Colorado State University-Pueblo LARC 257
(719) 549-2756


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