Paulette, I am more than willing to respond to your appeal.  You have
helped me so many times over the years and are responsible for me
becoming a subscriber to this listserv this fall.

Name of college:  Bradley University, Peoria, IL

How many years Center open:  15 years

Total number of different students served through the Center programs
and services: 2,000/academic year

Tutoring services both walk-in and individual formats included for
student athletes and students at large, undergraduates only.

Movement to close Center:  NO, constant push for us to take on more
academic support responsibilities without the added staff or funds.

Past 3-5 year changes:  added a program for student on academic
probation for first time, are responsibility for learning disability
academic support services by default seven years ago and that demand has
increased 300% in the last five years and still growing.  As the
Director of the Center I now spend 60% of my daily work hours on
concerns related to L.D. services and keeping the University in
compliance in regard to academic accommodation issues.

Questions to ask:  How much money does your Center bring the college
when you help a student succeed academically and not need to be
dismissed or choose to leave the college/transfer because they can not
get the services to help them be retained?  How many student will choose
to not even come to your college because they do not offer the support
services.  Money is always the bottom line and that is the direction to
go when justifying your Center.

Contact some of your student leaders who have used the Center and have a
voice with the administration to communicate their perceptions about the
Center being eliminated.

Trends:   Are there some other academic support services on the campus
that could be consolidated into one Center, saving staff, space, money,
and confusion as to where to go for what type of academic service.

Anything else I can do to help you, let me know.

Carolyn Griffith, Director
Center for Learning Assistance
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>From:  Craig Andres[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
>Sent:  Monday, November 09, 1998 2:08 PM
>To:    [log in to unmask]
>Subject:       Re: Help keep our center!
>Kettering University (formerly GMI) recruits top students in the
>nation.  You can check the Newsweek's annual edition on colleges for
>exact numbers.  We have a 70% retention rate.  Our Tutor Center,
>however, is fairly new (open July 96).  Additionally, we are planning to
>expand the services offered, and expand our facilities.
>The quality of the student body should not be an issue.  I keep
>preaching, though I know there are a few who disagree, that tutoring is
>NOT a remedial service.  Our service addresses the needs of an alternate
>learning style.
>Good luck in your mission.
>Church, Paulette wrote:
>> As is frequently an issue on many college campuses, our college is
>> experiencing the need to significantly cut expenses.  Once again, I need
>> to justify the role of our center and justify the cost of keeping it
>> open.  We have been an AA degree granting private college, but we have
>> added, and plan to add more, BA programs.
>> I need your help to address the critical assumption made by one key
>> individual, who opposes our continuance.  He stated that most colleges
>> are closing their learning centers.  He maintains that "good colleges"
>> don't need learning centers because they have only good students.  While
>> he may be accurate, this isn't my perception.
>> If you are at a BA degree granting institution, I would like to get a
>> few pieces of information from you:
>> Name of your college:
>> How many years has your center been open:
>> Is there a movement to close it?  If yes, why?
>> Approximately how many students do you serve, in terms of any units of
>> measure you use?
>> Do you include tutoring services?
>> What differences do you see occurring in terms of usage over the past
>> 3-5 years?
>> What are the other questions I should be asking?
>> What are other trends of which I should be aware?
>> Thank you so very much.
>> Paulette Church
>> Waldorf College
>> Forest City, IA  50436
>Craig Andres
>Tutor Program Coordinator
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>Kettering University
>(Continuing the GMI heritage)
>"With willing hands and open minds, the future will be greater than the
>most fantastic story you can write.."  Charles Kettering.