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Hello Jenny and Colleagues,

I found the attached report.  I think it provides excellent information (with references and individual examples) about the advantages of centralized tutoring.  It even quotes Frank Christ.

I've found that one of the major advantages (and this report points it out) is that training is better and more consistent with centralized tutoring.  Additionally departmental faculty (especially in STEM) seem to think that students who've made an A or B in a course are equipped to be good tutors. (I know this from experience.)  

Lots of other examples of benefits are provided in the document, so I hope you'll be able to convince your administration that decentralizing the tutoring would be a HUGE mistake.

Hoping this is helpful,
Saundra 

Saundra McGuire, Ph.D. 
Author of Teach Yourself How to Learn (Info at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__tinyurl.com_y9aqwhhx&d=DwIGaQ&c=sJ6xIWYx-zLMB3EPkvcnVg&r=tkAACBgX69zH9b8QGasKbhgWu8w0Arh-QhL0xf_Y95k&m=u9NM-Thih0-riYsUDIAAGKHvJj0ard6vA4U9UDlEXqk&s=wABGe45Akj-iKr46XayHlss8dcVOnTDvTCPCmQ1AidM&e= )
Author of Teach Students How to Learn (Info at https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__tinyurl.com_ogfktwp&d=DwIGaQ&c=sJ6xIWYx-zLMB3EPkvcnVg&r=tkAACBgX69zH9b8QGasKbhgWu8w0Arh-QhL0xf_Y95k&m=u9NM-Thih0-riYsUDIAAGKHvJj0ard6vA4U9UDlEXqk&s=fbu1q_NlPW77qZduho2jSAvAU19HPSX-OCXwn4jxvC0&e= )
Director Emerita, Center for Academic Success
 (Ret) Assistant Vice Chancellor  & Professor of Chemistry
Louisiana State University

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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Jenny Haley
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Subject: Centralized v. decentralized tutoring

We are blessed, I feel, to have centralized tutoring on our campus.  The Learning Center offers appointment-based and drop-in tutoring for over 150 different courses.  We hire, train, schedule, supervise, assess, and run the academic support services for our campus.  However, there are some new folks in upper administration who are encouraging departments to start their own tutoring programs.  

I strongly feel that centralized tutoring provides the best institutional efficiency by preventing unnecessary duplication of services and streamlines coordination of tutorial services/offerings.  A centralized system also simplifies the process for students, identifying a single, unique location as the starting point for seeking academic support.

At the very least, I would advocate for centralized administration of all university-wide tutoring services. 

However, I'm having trouble finding research to back up my claims.

Any ideas?

Thanks, everyone!

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