Feb 07, 2018
Whoa! That sounds, like, totally cool! And California’s community college system is no small fry, either, with 2.1 million students at its 114 campuses statewide. Senate Bill 1009, introduced this week by Senator Scott Wilk, would allow those students to access state-funded tutoring services “for courses and classes in all subject areas that either basic skills or degree applicable,” without a faculty member referral, as the law currently requires.
Why the change? Senator Wilk says tutoring “can make a dramatic difference in a student’s ability to succeed,” and should be available to students well before they’re struggling with their academics. According to statistics provided by the College of the Canyons, one of California’s community colleges, students have a 70 percent success rate in coursework without tutoring. With up to 9 hours of tutoring, the success rate climbs to 78 percent, and with more than 20 hours, it climbs even further to a whopping 82 percent.
The bottom line for tutors… States and private initiatives, like the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s major personalized learning push announced last year, are recognizing the significant value-add of tutoring to students’ academic performance. Add on top the estimated $7 billion that U.S. parents spend annually on supplemental education, the horizon looks bright for tutoring.