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The CARE (Center for Academic Resources in Engineering) Program at IllinoisWilliam MischoIvan FavilaDana TempelElisandro CabadaThe Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, in conjunction with the College ofEngineering (COE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has repurposed a total of3,966 feet of classroom and group study space and 14,550 square feet of open study space toestablish the CARE (Center for Academic Resources in Engineering) program. The spaceincludes 14 group study rooms, 2 large instructional classrooms (each seating up to 44 people), 2storage rooms (289 square feet total) and 1 office utilized by the CARE Program Coordinator,who is funded by the COE. The total seating capacity for the CARE area in the Grainger Libraryis 472 with an additional 154 seats available for overflow. CARE provides academic learningsupport that targets the needs of first- and second-year students enrolled in the COE. Theprimary focus of CARE is on student retention and support activities, including peer mentoringand tutoring, study and instructional programs (including information literacy instruction), healthand wellness programs, and collaborative and formal study group activities. CARE also offerscourse exam reviews, Teaching Assistant and faculty office hours, and periodic workshops in avariety of support areas. The CARE space and programs have been available to students sincethe beginning of the Fall semester, 2011. CARE employs more than 40 students as tutors andpeer advisors that offer their tutoring/advising services for over 30 different subjects, from noonto midnight Sunday through Friday. In terms of physical facilities, the center provides 43 opentables (equipped with power pods) and two collaboration tables featuring 32” HD monitor andseating for six. Students also have access to four large 55” flat screen monitors in group studiesfor collaborative work, 4 glass boards, 6 double sided frosted glass partitions, 136 individualstudy carrels, and 36 high-end Engineering Workstations (requiring a special COE login). In thelast Academic Year, September 27th, 2012 to May 10th, 2013, there were 73,183 user sessionslogged for the 36 Engineering Workstation computers. Grainger Library staff perform visualhead counts four times a day at 1am, 9am, 1pm and 9pm to record the number of patrons in thebuilding by floor. Since the Fall semester of 2011, a preliminary study of data obtained fromvisual head counts of students on the fourth floor shows usage of the library space repurposed forCARE has increased 11% between Fall 2011 and Fall 2012 and 8% between Fall 2012 and Fall2013.
Mischo, W. H., & Favila, I., & Tempel, D. M., & Cabada, E. (2014, June), The CARE (Center for Academic Resources in Engineering) Program at Illinois Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23123
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