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Enhancing Learning Through A College Based Tutoring Program

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Emerging Trends in Engineering Education Poster Session

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12.669.1 - 12.669.22



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Regena Scott Purdue University

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A Ph.D. student in the Industrial Technology Department at Purdue University, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies at California State University Long Beach and her Master of Science at Purdue University. Prior to returning to academia, Regena spent 20-years in the aerospace industry. Since coming to Purdue, She has been a teaching assistant and the coordinator of undergraduate tutoring for the College of Technology. Her research study topics included; supply chain management, distribution, transportation and logistics, process improvement, and product lifecycle management.

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Edie Schmidt Purdue University

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Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of inventory management, distribution, logistics, and supply chain management. She has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses and has supervised graduate student projects, in these areas at the mastes level. Dr. Schmidt has worked with many Indiana companies to develop a Logistics training course, revise warehouse layouts, revise facility layouts, and other projects in the Logistics area.

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Technology and technology education changes by the hour making it extremely difficult for university and college instructors and professors stay current on the latest advances in the field, preparing course materials and delivering lectures. It is equally difficult for the students to keep up with this information and they are often left without the opportunity to engage in additional interaction that they might need to understand the materials and successfully complete the course. Professors have office hours however, this time is limited and that time is rarely adequate leaving the student without the resources he or she might need.

In order to address this need, the College of Technology (COT) has introduced a tutoring program designed to provide individual tutoring for students majoring in the COT programs. COT students can request the services of a tutor for technology curriculum as well as required courses that fall outside COT conducted courses, e.g. math and engineering courses. An additional feature of this service is that it is free to the student.

This paper will discuss the process used to identifying tutor and the method of outreach to the students. In addition, this paper will review the findings of a survey that was conducted during the fall 2005 semester. This assessment was designed to establish a baseline for the program and identify areas for improvement. Specific goals included:

• Defining organizational needs and future project objectives • Identify target performers and establish a baseline of data in data to define success • Determine possible causes of performance gaps • Recommend possible performance improvement solutions.

The College of Technology Tutoring Program

The COT tutoring program offers students enrolled in technology core courses and prerequisite courses such as math and physics, the opportunity to get additional academic support with their studies. Students can participate in one-on-one tutoring and/or tabletop sessions which are group study sessions with a tutor present and drop-in sessions which are held one or two evenings a week at a designated time and location, most often technical system and computer labs. This program model gives students a variety of opportunities to get the help they need to succeed.

The program is funded in by a federal grant and is available at no cost to the student. The grant has the following guidelines:

• Only COT students are eligible to receive tutors through the program. • Only courses covered in semesters 1-4 are eligible for tutor assignment.* • A student automatically qualifies for a tutor under the following circumstances:

o If he/she is on academic probation

Scott, R., & Schmidt, E. (2007, June), Enhancing Learning Through A College Based Tutoring Program Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2436

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