TO THE EDITOR:
As director of the Learning Center I have overseen the life of a wonderful student initiative.
The Peer Tutoring Program begun in the late 1980s by a handful of students has over the years provided help to thousands of students in all kinds of subjects including foreign languages sciences social sciences math" economics and business.
""Dey Hall Tutoring"" has also given gifted students the opportunity to participate in the admirable experience of sharing knowledge and helping others to learn.
Most tutors in the program receive credit (up to six hours)" but many also continue to tutor as volunteers in subsequent semesters because they love the experience.
Departments have come to depend on the service as a valuable resource for their students. Recently a faculty committee reviewed all Special Topics courses including Peer Tutoring.
Sadly I have been informed that the decision of the committee is to rescind credit for peer tutoring after this academic year in effect bringing to an end this program's 20 years of service.
The Learning Center will continue to staff tutorial help for key courses but the special opportunity for collaboration afforded to our staff and the students who participate in SPCL 390-6 as Peer Tutors will end.
On behalf of Christina Perry coordinator of tutoring; Frank Kessler program instructor; and myself I wish to thank all the several hundred students who have tutored in this program and dazzled us and their peers with their intelligence creativity and unbridled enthusiasm for service.
Dr. Martha Keever