ERIC Number: ED251126
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Tutoring: Essential to Community Colleges. Position Paper.
Rounds, Jeanine C.; And Others
In the past two decades, tutoring services have become an integral part of nearly every program at California's community colleges. The purposes of tutoring services are to provide individual attention to students in academic difficulty, training and assistance in developing effective study skills, assistance and support to special groups of students such as the physically handicapped or learning disabled, and to assist the instructor in skills courses or labs. Students who are recipients of tutoring services include students without the verbal and mathematical skills required for college work, students with disabilities, and older adults seeking retraining or beginning job skills. The benefits of tutoring include decreased dropout rates, improved student grades, and financial and educational benefits for tutors. With current funding concerns, many colleges have reduced their financial support of tutoring or learning assistance programs. The reduction or dismantling of tutoring programs may result in increased attrition, reduction of labs, increased demands on faculty, lower academic performance, increased rates of course repeats, harm to disadvantaged populations, slower student goal completion, reduction of the transfer rate, and ultimate increased costs to the state. The most obvious options for providing the financial support needed to maintain tutoring programs are through differential funding or generation of average daily attendance. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association for California Colleges Tutorial and Learning Assistance.
Note: Prepared with assistance from the ACCTLA Subcommittee.