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Establishing the Learning Center as the Nucleus in a Learner Centered Institution. Saundra Yancy McGuire, Ph.D. Asst. Vice Chancellor for Learning, Teaching, & Retention Professor, Department of Chemistry Past Director, Center for Academic Success Louisiana State University.
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Saundra Yancy McGuire, Ph.D.
Asst. Vice Chancellor for Learning, Teaching, & Retention
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Past Director, Center for Academic Success
Louisiana State University
What are three important characteristics of departments that are campus leaders?
but we must overcome some significant barriers
Spring 2010 IMPACT Program Format
Amount of GPA increase from Fall to Spring
Difference in average spring semester GPA
Retention from Spring 2010 to Fall 2010
I had fallen below the GPA requirement my scholarship demands, and I was sure there was no hope for me and maybe I just wasn’t cut out for it. However, after IMPACT I really utilized all the tools I was given … With all these tools, I was able to discover that I do have time for other fun and important things, such as a social life and most importantly, sleep… I can now proudly say that after beginning college with a 2.79 GPA, I have just recently finished midterms week with a solid 4.0!!
Thank you so much, and please continue with programs like IMPACT and CAS!!
Mindset that we’re only for remedial students
Teaching and Learning Centers that focus only on faculty development
Attitude that any good, student friendly faculty or student can effectively tutor
Learning centers that are not connected to the community of scholars in this field
The absence of a clear academic pathway to working in this area
How many have you adopted?
Publish in learning center and discipline specific journals
Get our NCLCA leadership certification; certify our tutors; apply the CAS standards; etc
Present our work at meetings outside of the learning center community (POD, NISOD, discipline specific meetings)
Offer to help the daughter, son, or other relative of an influential administrator
Get recognition for ourselves and our learning centers
Work with all students – first year through graduate school, Greeks, Honor Societies, etc.
Partner with other units on campus to secure funding (e.g. Student Success & Retention)
Stake our claim to the center of the institution!