SIXTEENTH ANNUAL INSTITUTE FOR LEARNING ASSISTANCE, VISCOUNT SUITES, TUCSON, ARIZONA, JANUARY 5, 1995 WEATHER REPORT: ONE INCH OF RAIN LAST NIGHT AND THIS MORNING (DON'T LAUGH) BUT CLEARING TODAY. HIGH 67; LOW 44. OF COURSE, ONE INCH OF RAIN IN SOUTHERN ARIZONA IS THE EQUIVALENT OF TEN INCHES IN MISSISSIPPI. MORNING SESSION. SYLVIA MIODUSKI, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, "ON-SITE: KEY ISSUES FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA'S UNIVERSITY LEARNING CENTER" Consisted of a tour of the facilities managed by learning center staff, introduction to staff, and explanation of resources and services. Presently decentralized, the center hopes to be included in a new building built specifically to address the various needs of this extremely diverse student population. MARTHA MAXWELL, "A PERSPECTIVE ON NATIONAL STANDARDS" Having provided some history and background concerning the development of standards for learning assistance programs, she reviewed the work of The Council for the Advancement of Standards, NADE's Self-Evaluation Guidelines, and the National Standards for Courses. A handout, titled "CAS General Standards (revised 11/18/95) (Standards each particpant and the following categories were explained: MISSION, PROGRAM, LEADERSHIP, ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT, HUMAN RESOURCES, FINANCIAL RESOURCES,FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT, LEGAL RESPONISBILITIES, ACCESS AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS,DIVERSITY, ETHICS, and ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION. Proposed changes in guidelines listed under these categories were discussed, and suggested changes were recorded. Martha plans to list these guidelines on the listerv so that cyberian readers can participate in further refinement of the instrument. So once again technology allows for richer resources and more varied perspectives to be included in policy formation. Although both the computer lab on campus and the computer room at the conference site will be open for buisness the rest of the day, participants were granted the afternnoon and evening off to refresh themselves at places like Mexico, the Biosphere II, Desert Museum, Mt. Lemon, Sabino Canyon, Ramsey Canyon, San Xavier Mission, or celebrated bars and discos. Whatever. We have had a few committed participants drop by the computer room to work quietly on projects or to experience news programs, these people employing themselves even at this writing. Weather promises to be gorgeous tomorrow :) Talk with you then. Gene K.