Academic Support Center (ASC)

ASC Spring 2012 Semester in Review

 “Very helpful” “I have enjoyed the services at the ASC!” “I love this place!” “The tutor was very patient with me!” These are a sampling of the comments shared with us on our tutoring program evaluation this semester. We are pleased to have concluded our semester with the following highlights: writing tutor program reaccreditation, significant increase in tutoring appointments, record number of graduated tutors, continuation of retention partnerships with Residential Life, and TRiO Student Support Services, and a first time presentation by an ASC team member at an advising conference!

Tutoring
We continue to celebrate our CRLA reaccreditation of the writing tutor program. We had a record-breaking fourteen writing tutors join our staff, so there was no shortage of writing assistance this term! And for the first time, we were able to offer assistance with a variety of formatting disciplines (i.e., APA, MLA, CMS, etc.).

Tutoring appointments were going strong this semester with a total of 2,436 reservations clocking over 1,920 hours of face-to-face tutoring. A total of 51 students established semester-long tutoring relationships by attending 10 or more appointments throughout the term.

We celebrate fourteen of our peer tutors graduating this May! Hannah Carter, Allison Craver, Anthony Elworthy, Elise Guice, Colin Henning, Sarah Kincaid, Rachel Lafage, Ryan Laspina, Kaitlyn Monroe, Carl Shultz, Arielle Stafford, Ben Sullivan, Sarah Tawzer, and Adrienne Walker.  We thank each of you and appreciate your service to the center. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Please keep in touch!

We are fortunate to have two of these graduates, Hannah Carter and Ryan Laspina, who have been accepted into Shepherds’ Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Business Administration programs, respectively, continue to tutor with us this fall. Hannah, in fact, shifted her career goals because of her tutoring experience! They will be tutoring our undergraduate students in writing and science.

Success Workshops
For a second semester, we offered our Academic Success Workshop series. The continued ASC partnership with Residential Life offered a variety of workshops in several residence halls: Student Success, Note-taking and Active Reading Skills, Essay Writing and Avoiding Plagiarism, Learning Styles, and How to Succeed on Your Finals. Attendance for these workshops combined totaled 80 Shepherd students; this is an increase of 15 students from last semester. We are already in the planning stages for our fall 2012 workshops!

Conference Attendees
TC Williams, ASC Writing Specialist, attended a conference in Shippensburg, PA, of the Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association (MAWCA).  She was able to take one of our writing tutors along for this professional development experience. TC also partnered with the Nursing Program to offer a workshop on APA documentation.

Finally, the picture you see below follows a presentation on the pilot FYEX 102 course topic “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” by Emily Gross and Victoria Buchbauer. This course targeted undeclared students. The purpose was to encourage self-development, career planning, and increase understanding of Shepherd majors. We will be tracking this cohort in future semesters. Our interest with this group is to see if they will declare a major that they will choose to remain in and find a career with. The presentation was approved and delivered at the Region 3 Conference for National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) April 12th in Charlotte, NC. Consistent feedback from the attendees suggesting that the presentation be given at the national NACADA conference and that  an article be submitted for the NACADA publication. We are looking forward to our second FYEX 102 course of this kind in the Fall of 2012.