The Learning Assistance Center (LAC) was formed on UC’s campus in 2007, and it has undergone a radical transformation over the past six years. Originally located in the University Pavilion, the LAC focused on tutoring programs for UC’s undergraduate students. Our expansion into a variety of services stems from our student-centered passion.
Our inaugural programs, Peer Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction, have grown by more than fivefold and now serve students in every college. The Peer Tutoring program received the Level 1 International Tutor Training Program Certification from the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) in 2008 and Level II in 2013. CRLA is "a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring at the college/adult level.”
We offer both In-Person and Online Tutoring for all undergraduate UC students. Our dedicated tutors participate in ongoing training to equip them with strategies to support extended classroom learning. The LAC offers tutoring in more than 400 courses including subjects such as math, science, languages, business, and writing. Distance Learning students or those enrolled in online courses are encouraged to visit our Learning Resources. This page provides valuable resources for academic success, ideal for students who cannot access our campus-based services.
Our Math Minute video tutorials in both Algebra and Calculus courses are also resource for both online and campus-based students. Adam Warniment (a UC graduate) and the LAC collaborated to create the Math Minute videos. As an education major, Adam used his capstone project as a means of helping UC students. Adam wrote each installment with the guidance of his math professors.
Three years ago we added Academic Coaching to provide students with transferrable academic skills. Coaches are provided resources and support by a learning assistance specialist in order to encourage success-building practices and habits in their students. In 2013, the Coaching program received CRLA Level II certification and was recertified in 2014.
During the summer of 2011, the LAC staff conceived of a program to address the growing needs of our International Student population at UC. After seeing an anecdotal rise in the number of international students making tutoring appointments not for content, but for English-speaking practice, we sought to explore a conversation partner program for those students around the University who wanted to both learn more about American culture and practice their English-speaking skills. We initiated our first BEARchats cohort to help new international students adjust to life as a UC student. BEARchats has been a tremendously successful program and has received high marks from student feedback.
We have gradually expanded not only our services, but our physical presence on campus; in 2012 we added the Academic Writing Center to our roster of programs. This office is housed across the campus, in McMicken Hall, and offers significant online student support. We’re excited about our growth, and we hope that students continue to help us enhance and improve our services in the coming years. In 2013, the AWC began a semester long class to train our writing tutors. This allows our student workers to provide the best services and earn credit.
In August of 2013, the LAC expanded our impact on UC’s campus through the addition of two new programs: PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Sessions) and the Lindner Center Tutoring Satellite. PALS was created to increase accessibility of academic support services. Tutors travel to various locations including specific colleges or sorority/fraternity houses to tutor groups of students in specific subjects. The Lindner Center Tutoring Satellite is a collaboration of the LAC with Student Athlete Support Services. It is a tutoring location in the Lindner Center, which supports all student athletes’ academic needs.