The College of  Mount St. Joseph is a private four-year institution.  We
have 2300 students and approximately 650 different students use the services
of the Academic Performance Center each term.  That is 650 students not
appointments or contacts.

The services of the APC include a Writing Center, Math Center, Skills and
Reading Center, Peer Tutoring, Language Listening Lab, disability services,
academic testing and placement, test preparation (PPST, NTE, & GRE),
workshops, six difference basic courses, instructional software, and
retention programs.

1 Program Director- (10 Mos.)
1 Assistant-support staff (10 Mos.)

 Math Center
2 Student Assistants-15 hours total

Writing Center
1 Hourly Professional Director/ Adjunct Faculty-30 hours total
2 Writing Professionals -15 hours total

Skills & Reading Center
(In formative stages)
1 Student Assistant-10 hours total

Peer Tutoring
1 Head Tutor- 12 hours total
40 Peer Tutors-by appt. as needed

Computer Instructional Software
1 Hourly Professional-5 hours total

        -----Original Message-----
        From:   Lori Nielsen [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
        Sent:   Wednesday, December 09, 1998 10:53 AM
        To:     [log in to unmask]
        Subject:        staffing a learning center

        Does CRLA and/or NADE (or another learning assistance organization)
        have standards for the number of staff needed to operate a learning
        center based on the college's enrollment?  I'm looking for ratios,
        number of professional staff per number of FTE's, for example.

        [Maybe such numbers would be impossible to compute, considering the
        vast range of programs and services offered by learning centers.
        Plus, the information would probably need to be sorted by type of
        institution and institution size.]

        I'm looking for research that will support my request for staff!
        I've quickly looked through the NADE Self-Evaluation Guide and
        Maxwell's Evaluating Academic Skills Programs: A Source Book, but I
        see no recommendations for sizes of staff, professional and support.
        Is anyone aware of the existance of such information?

        If folks in positions similar to mine wish to reply to me
        I'll collect the info. and post a summary.  I am the Learning Center
        Director at a private, 4-yr. liberal arts college, enrollment
        500-550.  My Learning Center programs include peer tutoring, SI,
        services for students with disabilities, and study skills
        I also serve as a writing tutor.  I have NO staff, professional or
        support, and this is my 7th year; I developed the current Learning

        Thanks for any assistance--     Lori

        Lori Nielsen
        Learning Center                    (402) 426-7334
        Dana College                       <[log in to unmask]>
        2848 College Drive
        Blair, NE  68008