for Teaching & Learning (CTL)
Santa Barbara City College
Minutes of October 23, 2006
CONSTRUCTION PRIORITIES: LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER (LRC)/LIBRARY RENOVATION
The Committee on Teaching and Learning (CTL) unanimously supports moving the LRC/Library Renovation up in the SBCC Long Range Capital Construction Priorities list.
1. Campus-wide Service Delivery
The LRC provides primary campus access to students from every discipline seeking academic support services. The Writing Center, one component of the LRC, serves students in writing, reading, problem solving, research, and other foundational learning skills. The Tutorial Center supplements and enhances classroom instruction by helping students develop study strategies. Further, the LRC is a principal provider of skills necessary for the realization of Student Learning Outcomes and other cross-campus initiatives such as Writing across the Curriculum (WAC), the Gateway project, and other efforts that have been selected by a broad range of faculty working on the Partnership for Student Success Initiatives.
2. Meeting Increased Demand
As we shift from growth to retention as a model for funding, student success becomes both a fiscal and a pedagogical issue. Funding is tied to student success, driven by persistence and retention (productive grades). The LRC plays a key role in this effort by preparing students to receive the instruction that teachers give. As Partnership for Success programs have embarked on addressing the serious concerns about under-prepared students, the LRC and Library are experiencing a dramatic increase in use.
The new Director has brought many more students and faculty to the Library due to a vigorous outreach effort. Faculty could be additionally served by the creation of new study areas in the Library.
The demand for LRC/Library services exceeds our ability to serve students who seek help; therefore, more space is required. Students and faculty need to be able to use the up-to-date technology in new computer labs; in order to be effective as a learning tool, technology requires human support from faculty, tutors and staff.
3. Centralization of Service
We recognize the fiscal and pedagogical virtues of centralizing resources. Centralized resources allow for flexible use based upon on-demand need. Centralization also reduces staff costs and allows for close record keeping regarding use, which is crucial for state remuneration.
This recommendation was reported to Kelly Lake, A.S. Liaison, and directly to Geoff Thielst, Chair of the Planning and Resources Committee, who included it in his report to A.S.
Next meeting: Monday, Oct. 23, 3:00 p.m, in SS240E.
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