By Meagan Pant, Staff Writer, Dayton Daily News, originally published 10/18/12
Cedarville and Urbana universities are joining Ohio’s online tutoring network that offers students free help in writing, math and science. Forty-two colleges and universities statewide have joined the Ohio eTutoring Collaborative connecting their students with trained tutors. This year, all universities and colleges in the state were invited to join at no cost by the Ohio Board of Regents. The schools do pay for tutors.
The platform allows students to seek help outside of the hours a typical on-campus academic support center would be open. Students can chat live with a tutor, submit questions and receive feedback on paper assignments. Tutors are generally available from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. About 2,400 students used the service last year, out of the 134,587 who had access, according to the Board of Regents. Three years ago, the state launched the service as a pilot with five schools. Local participating schools also include: Central State University, Clark State, Edison and Sinclair community colleges, and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
“It’s slow, steady growth,” said Karen Boyd, eTutoring coordinator. Boyd met with coordinators from Cedarville, Central State, Edison and Urbana on Wednesday. Other meetings will be held throughout the state, as well. Gary Cates, senior vice chancellor at the Board of Regents, said he hopes the free tutoring allows students to get the academic help they need to stay in college and graduate. Half of the people who enter higher education in Ohio do not earn a degree.
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