The Academic Success Center can be a vital part of the journey for students across all disciplines at Augusta University. In an effort to continue improving the services offered to students, the ASC was recently certified as a Level 1 tutor training program by the College Reading and Learning Association.
For more than 30 years, the CRLA has been a resource for college professionals dedicated to enhancing student academic success. They lead learning assistance, reading and academic support programs with more than 2,000 certified training programs nationwide.
“We do this for two reasons. One, so they can better support students in tutoring and coaching appointments, and two, as a form of professional development to build key workplace skills,” said Lorraine Evans, PhD, ASC executive director.
Over the years, the ASC has made innovations to meet the requirements of the CRLA to successfully complete the International Tutor Training Program Certification review process. Accomplishing this feat means the ASC has met CRLA’s high standards for tutor selection, training, direct service, and evaluation as an integral part of their overall tutoring program.
“It took approximately six months to work back and forth with the CRLA review team to complete the application,” said Paula Owens, academic success coordinator. “Now that we implemented the ASII 1201 course for our peer educators, we had to incorporate that course into our application. We had to ensure it met the standards of CRLA. We also had to make sure our peer educators received enough face-to-face hours to be certified.”
In fall 2022 alone, the ASC staff and peer educators have conducted more than 10,000 appointments and visits. The ACS continues to offer innovative services to support Augusta University students, such as course-specific workshops, tutoring and online academic support.