ERIC Number: ED205413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
2001: Future Directions of Learning Assistance Centers.
Champaigne, John R.
The paper projects the purpose of future learning assistance centers (LACs) at the college level, and discusses trends and goals which will enable the learning center to fulfill its purpose. In 20 years the features of a LAC will include individualized instruction and learning, more control by the learner, changes in traditional grading and instructional systems, and the emergence of an educational brokering role which necessitates new staffing patterns. Educational trends leading toward a comprehensive LAC involve increases in the number of nontraditional learners, the growth of the student consumer awareness movement, the inadequacy of traditional grading practices, an increased need for educational accountability, and the financial demands on institutions encouraging a wider variety of offerings to the entire community. Some suggestions for developing the LAC are to move toward the development of a center which can assist any student with any course, begin to assist faculty members in the improvement of their instruction, promulgate the idea of the quality of a LAC, encourage use of the LAC to seek alternative methods of meeting educational goals, and offer the services of the LAC to the community at large. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Personnel Association (Boston, MA, April, 1980).