Student-Athlete Support Services Office Nationally Certified for Innovative Tutor Training Program
Feb. 2, 2017

COLUMBUS - The Student-Athlete Support Services Office (SASSO) at The Ohio State University obtained National Certification for its tutor training program in December 2016 through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). CRLA sets strict professional standards of skill and training for tutors working in higher education.

As one of the nation’s first universities to provide specialized support to student-athletes, SASSO continues to be innovative in providing services that meet the educational, personal, and professional needs of student-athletes.

SASSO provides comprehensive academic support services designed to meet the needs of today’s student-athletes. This includes resources such as tutoring, mentoring, and academic coaching. SASSO tutoring is one of the means provided for the student-athletes to receive additional clarification and reinforcement of material learned in class.

SASSO employs over 125 professional and student tutors that are trained according to national standards set by CRLA. Senior Associate Director Kim Doran and the rest of the Instructional Support Services Team have created and implemented a training program that is one of the first of its kind. The training program combines in-person training supplemented by online training materials that reinforce information, compliance standards, relevant articles and discussion boards.

SASSO’s tutor training is pioneering the way tutors are trained. Ian Moeckel, the Assistant Learning Specialist who created the Carmen Canvas component to the training states, “We’re teaching our tutors in the same way the school is teaching our students. The program uses an interactive platform that grows, informs, and continues to create better tutors even after their initial training.” Cindy Lemek, Executive Director of CRLA, states SASSO’s program is a “strong training program with a good mix of face-to-face and online activities.” SASSO’s incorporation of an inventive online training course along with extensive in-person training is what solidifies the program as one of the strongest in college tutor training.



For further information contact:

David Graham
Assistant Vice Provost for Student-Athlete Success

Megan Howard
Learning Specialist