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Advising Handbook

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Most students require extra help at some time during their college careers. That help can take the form of a question and answer session, a review period scheduled by the classroom instructor, or the assistance of a qualified peer tutor.

The Center for Academic Development (CADL), located in the Humanities Building, is the Center for Developmental Studies and the multidisciplinary tutoring program. Because the Center is partially funded by a federal grant through the U.S. Dept. of Education, only students who meet specific criteria are eligible for academic support services. Different services are provided each semester and eligibility for these services is determined by the availability of resources. The following services are generally offered:

  • Diagnosis of reading and/or writing difficulties.
  • Courses in Critical Thinking and Introduction to Basic Algebra.
  • Individualized instruction and support by a learning specialist for disabled students.
  • One-to-one or small group tutorial sessions in all subjects with peer and professional tutors.
  • Individual tutoring in the Writing Center for students working on written assignments.
  • Workshops in writing the research paper and other topics.

A list of services available for a particular semester is published by CADL. Eligible students that need extra help may come on their own or be referred by an instructor.

Guidelines For Tutoring
Each semester the demand for tutors usually exceeds the availability of tutorial assistance. Therefore, in order to provide quality services to all students specific policies have been established.

  • Students who sign up for appointments in the Center are expected to arrive on time and be prepared to work.
  • A student who is unable to keep an appointment is requested to call the Center in advance of the session and inform the administrative staff.
  • Any student who accumulates two unexcused absences in one semester may be dropped from tutoring for the remainder of that semester.
  • Students are required to bring relevant papers, books, and assignments with them when they come for tutorial sessions.

Students who need tutorial assistance should seek help early. Most courses are sequential, in that new material builds on information provided earlier in the term. If material is not assimilated as a course develops, students are likely to have more and more difficulty as the semester progresses.