Academic Support Center Update
Move To The Library
It has been a year of exciting changes here in the Academic Support Center. We made an important move over the summer, from Knutti Hall to the lower level of the Scarborough Library. Academic Support is now part of the Dr. Howard N. Carper, Jr. Learning Commons. This move has yielded many benefits. First and foremost, we have much more space for tutoring sessions, tutor training, adjunct meetings, student workshops, and more. Another benefit is that we are now located near the rest of the departments that make up the Learning Commons.
Following the resignation of our former director Joe Green, TC Williams (our former Writing Specialist) stepped up as Interim Director, and has been serving in that position since July 1st. Accordingly, we needed a new Writing Specialist, and Jeanette Leadingham has been fulfilling that role since the start of the fall semester. Our department—TC Williams, Missy Welsh (Senior Administrative Assistant), Françoise Nelles (Coordinator, Stretch-Model Mathematics), Maxwell Banor (Faculty, Stretch-Model Mathematics), Jeanette Leadingham, and all of our Stretch-Model adjunct faculty members have been working together to improve our services to both students and the greater campus community.
This summer and fall, we have focused on advertising since our success depends on students’ knowing we are here to serve them. This advertising came in the form of talks with parents of incoming freshmen, talks to the freshmen during orientation, and some print advertising, including Picket ads, posters, table tents in the dining hall and Ram’s Den, and more. We are pleased to say that it worked! In one semester, we have increased our tutoring sessions by 46%! In addition, we have more professional tutors—offering tutoring in more subjects—than ever before! Needless to say, we are making good use of our new space. Stay tuned for more advertising in the future. If you need a tutor in a particular area – or would like to recommend a tutor, please contact us at 304-876-5221.
This fall, we held two lunchtime workshops for students. The first was on Study Skills and was attended by 17 students. The second workshop was on Essay Writing, and had 6 attending. These workshops were developed in response to SRI results; since they were successful, we have eight planned for spring on topics such as effective study habits, test taking, active reading, and more.