June 27, 2013

NTA Welcomes Speaker Proposals for 2014 Conference

The National Tutoring Association has announced it’s 21st annual national conference, to be held April 5-10, 2014 in Tampa, Florida.  Organizers welcome proposals for speakers who wish to expand the discipline in all areas in tutoring regarding: recruiting, training, and retaining tutors; current trends in practice and research; use of technology; understanding the law; tutoring special populations; online tutoring; grant writing; learning preferences; improving tutorial leadership for directors and coordinators; conflict management; building and marketing private or community programs; basic nuts and bolts of tutoring; and motivating students.

Tutoring professionals and practitioners who are interested in joining colleagues in an exchange of ideas and expertise in tutoring are welcome to submit proposals.  Click here for the  official submission form.

For a list of the special events, guests speakers, tutor training and certification workshops and general conference sessions, visit www.ntatutor.org.

Filed under: Admin/Management,Associations,College,Commercial,Research,Training/Education,Tutoring Practices

December 27, 2012

Campus Survey: Tutor Pay 2012

By Nalini Lasiewicz, BOL, Crossroads of Learning

The 2012 Tutor Pay survey conducted by Crossroads of Learning gathered information from college and university learning support centers in all fifty states. Among other results, state and federal minimum wage appear to be the primary driver for peer tutor compensation.

Background

In September 2012, a listserv discussion between Southern California Writing Center (IWCA) members focused on tutor compensation.  Intrigued with the relative consistency of the replies, the Crossroads staff went to work to expand that snapshot to include institutions of higher learning across the country, public and private.  We set up a survey and invited our Journal Digest readers, clients, students and colleagues to participate.  In addition, the survey link was shared with members of a diverse cross-section of tutorial center managers, academic specialists and trade associations.

When the poll closed, over 360 surveys had been received, representing all 50 states and Washington D.C..  No surveys were received from U.S. territories, including American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Marianas Islands and the Virgin Islands, an issue the research team would like to explore in the future.

The Tutor Pay Survey included basic demographic information about the respondents’ institution type, location and size.  We also asked for the average number of tutors and the starting pay for both peer tutors, defined as undergraduates, and professional tutors, defined as graduate students, outside professional tutors, staff and faculty.  Additionally, respondents provided information on additional compensation formulas, including tiered structures that offered pay increases based on time worked, training received, certification, etc.  Nearly half the centers reported giving no raises to their peer tutors.

For a free two-page summary tear sheet, with additional data and charts, click here.

Figure 1. Average number of peer tutors per respondent

Our consulting analyst, Anthony Garrison, MBA Candidate at Simon Business School, was instrumental in verifying the data and providing the statistical analysis.  He concluded the average starting salary for college level peer tutors across the country is within a close range, less than a $1.00 difference between the geographical regions.  In addition, we compared peer tutor starting wages with federal and state minimum wages and found a close correlation.  To see a map of the U.S. States with these correlations, click here.

Figure 2. Starting Pay: Peer Tutors

Figure 3. Starting Pay for Peer Tutors compared to minimum wage

In 2012 we learned through discussions with clients and at conferences that the demand for tutoring services on campus has increased, many reporting that the Fall semester was their busiest ever.  At the same time, education funding in many states has been scaled back; cutbacks in staffing and student support services are a serious challenge for what research shows are highly effective factors in increasing student success.  In this poll we did not delve into funding and budgeting issues but these are areas we plan to explore in the future.

In the next phase of this project, we will move beyond the basic question of “how much?” to examining factors, such as minimum wage, which have traditionally driven tutor compensation policies.  We hope to conduct research on the impact that compensation has on tutor recruitment, training, supervision and retention.

The complete data set of this poll is available to educators, college administrators and policy makers, at no cost.  To request, contact Nalini Lasiewicz, Registrar/Crossroads of Learning: 818 249-9692 xt 2, or email: nalini@crossroadsoflearning.com

Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Admin/Management,College,Funding,Peer-Tutoring,Research,Tutoring Practices

October 17, 2012

oaSES introduces TutorFirst entry-level tutoring company software

by Journal Editor

The creators of the oaSES software for managing enterprise level tutoring operations have introduced  TutorFirst.  It is designed to be used by one tutor running a small business in their spare time right up to mid-sized companies who would like to manage their operational data and tutor scheduling activities  on a subscription-based online platform.

Prospective customers can choose from Tiers and Modules to build the services they require from their tutor scheduling software. The first Tier is for one Tutor and up to three students and the Tiers grow as the business grows.  When a business reaches enterprise level the switch to oaSES to manage your data in a comprehensive system is easy, should you require the increased functionality of a super-system such as the need to export attendance and invoice data in formats compatible with many district systems including Cayen, EZSES, NYC DOE and others.

Modules dictate the functionality that can be added to the base system such as Custom Fields for Student, Staff and Session records to record data specific to your operational requirements. Current Invoicing, payments and payroll modules are included at all levels. Slated for release over the coming weeks are Testing, Learning Plans and Progress Reports.

The system can process credit card payments and integrates with Quickbooks Pro to track customers, invoices and payments without duplicate entry. The pricing is based on # of staff, students, storage requirements and installed modules.

For more information visit TutorFirst at www.tutorfirst.com.

Filed under: Admin/Management,Technology

August 30, 2012

Campus Survey: Tutor Pay 2012

By Nalini Lasiewicz, Registrar, Crossroads of Learning

A discussion among Southern California Writing Centers was launched recently by Kathleen Klompien, Ph.D., writing center coordinator at UC Channel Islands.  She opened the topic of tutor pay for tutors at higher ed institutions.  It generated many replies and I was struck by the wide range of pay and benefits, and the differences from one campus to another.

In more than one case, budget cuts have affected pay, eliciting this response for example “I used to be able to pay more but our budget was slashed 2 years ago – so I reduced the pay so we could remain open.”  Several responders were particularly interested in how to calculate raises such as “recorded reliability in work habits, and service to the Center that is above and beyond the call of duty–participating in conferences, presenting during staff meetings, etc.”

After speaking to Kathleen about the responses that she was collecting, we decided to pull the questions together into a survey and invite a larger group of institutions from across the country.  If you work at a college or university campus, public or private, I hope you will participate in this survey today and we will publish the results in the Fall.  Thank you so much, in advance, to all our Journal readers and Crossroads of Learning affiliates, students and supporters.

Filed under: Admin/Management,Research,Tutoring Practices

June 29, 2010

Detroit Reading Corps tutors are making a difference to kids already

by Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Free Press Education Writer, originally published in the Detroit Free Press on 5/21/10

Armed with reading materials, 68-year-old Pat McGuire entered a bustling classroom at Robinson Academy on Detroit’s east side, turned to 5-year-old Zariha Steele and asked her what she likes do.

The quiet preschooler hesitated. Then said she likes her Barbie. They chatted some more, and so began what could become a five-year journey together as McGuire read her a book about animals.

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Afterward, Zariha’s awestruck teacher, Myra Jefferson, told McGuire his visit was the first time all year that the reticent preschooler responded to an adult. McGuire is a tutor with the DPS Reading Corps, a regional effort that has attracted more than 5,400 volunteers to help Detroit students learn to read.

After four months of training, screenings and juggling an enormous response from people in 130 municipalities, an estimated 1,875 volunteers have started to work.

Drucilla Wilson, 52, is among them. The Detroit resident said she believes it will make a difference. “It’s so exciting to see the brightness in their eyes as you are reading to them,” she said.

Click here to read more.

Filed under: Admin/Management,Community,K-8

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