ERIC Number: ED413031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan-16
What Are the Functions of a College Learning Assistance Center?
To be effective, college learning assistance centers (LACs) must reflect the mission and goals of the institution and be coordinated with existing programs and services. Based on the literature, however, LACs engage in the following 14 major functions: (1) academic evaluation and diagnostic testing; (2) instruction in study skills and learning strategies; (3) peer tutoring and/or professional tutoring; (4) supplemental instruction (SI), or course-related, systematic, and highly structured group tutoring; (5) computer assisted instruction and access to other educational technology; (6) providing credit and non-credit developmental courses; (7) providing faculty services, such as research opportunities, assistance in developing SI programs, cooperative learning demonstrations, and classroom support materials; (8) publicizing LAC programs through newsletters and class and faculty visits; (9) keeping college administrators informed about LAC programs and services; (10) providing staff training and development activities; (11) referral services to other programs and services on campus; (12) maintaining close relations with offices that provide personal, financial, educational, and career counseling and providing training for peer counselors; (13) integrating with advising departments and faculty advisors; and (14) providing program evaluation, including planning, involving students and staff, developing a database, and designing follow-ups. Contains 11 references. (BCY)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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