Tutoring Services benefit from generous donations

December 4, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - When students are struggling in their classes, they oftentimes turn to tutoring for help. At the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the generous donations of alumni, parents and friends through the annual Phonathon giving drive have helped Tutoring Services maximize their success.

Gina Udelhofen, coordinator of annual giving, said donations to the university are very important, especially considering the current state of higher education in Wisconsin amid extreme budget cuts.

"If we didn't have alumni who give, we'd be in trouble," Udelhofen said.

People who donate can specify what they want their donation to go toward, and alumni and friends often wish to designate their donation to Tutoring Services.

Becky Peters, director of the Student Success Center said funds from the Phonathon giving drive have helped Tutoring Services purchase needed resources and increase their exposure on campus.

"Students are coming much sooner to Tutoring Services and using them more," Peters said.

In fact, Peters believes the increase of students getting help from tutors has had an impact on the retention rate at UWP. The second-year retention rate has increased from 76.3 percent in 2001 to 80.8 percent in 2002. And even though enrollment has gone up, the number of students dismissed due to poor grades has decreased from 220 in fall 2001 to 165 in spring 2003.

There are four tutoring centers on campus. Two subject-specific centers offer free tutoring assistance: the Writing Center, located at 360 Gardner Hall; and the Math-Science Learning Center, located at 156 Gardner Hall. Students can get intensive one-on-one tutoring for $1.50 an hour by visiting University Tutoring in 133 Warner Hall. Free services are available to students who meet specific criteria at Student Support Services, 105 Warner Hall.

Peters noted that Tutoring Services isn't just for students struggling in a class.

"We have a number of students who want an A instead of a B," she said.

The annual phonathon giving drive is currently underway. Calls are made to ask for donations between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.

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