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Article Posted May 31, 2012

Cisco Foundation supports unique tutoring pilot at GGC

Cisco Foundation supports unique tutoring pilot at GGC

A $74,950 grant from the Cisco Systems Foundation is supporting a unique and successful pilot project at Georgia Gwinnett College. The “Tutors Around the Campus” (TAC) program provides tutoring services in a variety of campus settings, thereby enhancing academic success and promoting retention.

“GGC’s Student Success Programs help to bring under-prepared students to appropriate academic levels and assure individual support,” said John Muth, dean of the School of Transitional Studies. “We are deeply appreciative of the Cisco Systems Foundation’s grant, which supports our TAC pilot initiative and enables us to broaden our tutoring services across campus.”

The grant funds tutors in locations such as dining areas, the student center and student residence halls, to name a few. The approach provides an option for students to receive tutoring in familiar, comfortable environments, and seeks to attract those reluctant to access services in the traditional lab environment.

“This strategy is working,” Muth said. “Our TAC tutors served an average of 117 students each in the same time period that tutors in our Academic Enhancement Center served an average of 59 students each.” Given the success of the program, GGC continues to add tutors through the Cisco grant. The new tutors will follow the trail blazed by the program’s enthusiastic initial tutors.

One of those tutors is Amanda Tyndall, who makes her office wherever students hang out. A café and a lobby in two campus academic buildings are her usual haunts. She places a sign on her table to show she’s available, and students from all disciplines come to her with their writing assignments.

For the complete story, please visit: http://www.ggc.edu/about-ggc/ggc-news-room/05-18-12-cisco-tac-grant.html.

Information provided by Georgia Gwinnett College.

Posted by Sonja Roberts
Published in: On Campus

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