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Guide to the Academic Skills Center Records, 1977-2008

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Overview of the Collection

Repository:
Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
(715) 836-2739
https://library.uwec.edu/archives/

Reference Code: USGZE AS602

Accession Number: 19-002

Collection Number: Archives Series 602

Creators: Andrea Gapko / Academic Skills Center (Eau Claire, Wis.)

Title: Academic Skills Center Records

Dates: 1977-2008

Quantity: 2.4 linear feet (6 archives boxes)

Location of Collection: Shelf location A6/1c

Languages: Collection materials are in English.

Summary: Materials consist primarily of records created by the Academic Skills Center and Andrea Gapko, a previous director, in the day-to-day administration of the Academic Skills Center. These records include annual reports, correspondence, and meeting notes, among other records.

Biographical / Historical Note

UWEC’s Academic Skills Center (ASC) was established in the 1970s amid a variety of circumstances. In the preceding decade, enrollment had dramatically increased from 2,480 in 1963 to 8,701 in 1973 (Carter & Jenswold, 157). However, these increasing numbers were accompanied by high rates of students dropping out; in the 1963-64 academic year, 17% of students were on probation or suspended (Gough & Oberly, 133).

Throughout this time, the faculty and staff at UWEC consistently complained to high-schools regarding the “large number of first-year students needing remedial work in reading, writing, and mathematics.” (Gough & Oberly, 204). The university needed to retain and attract more students and address the incidence of poor academic performance and the high dropout rate. The university administration saw the need to provide guidance and support. This support would come in the establishment of special organizations for students in the 1970s, including the ASC.

Andrea Gapko, along with two other professors at the university, were addressing the challenges of poor academic performance by serving as professional tutors in the later 1970s. They proposed that students could be trained and function as tutors under their professional supervision at a lower cost. On December 1, 1977, the three proposed to create an Academic Skills Center. In the spring of 1978, the ASC was created. For the next 33 years Gapko would helm the ASC, and participate in the work of various committees, until her retirement in 2011. During the ensuing decades, UWEC went through many changes and challenges with seven chancellors, different faculty initiatives, and decreasing state funding.

Initially, the value of the ASC was that it offered help with the three basics: reading, writing and mathematics. However, over the years, it was also able to branch out into subjects like Chemistry, Biology, Statistics, foreign languages, and other courses which were considered difficult by students.

Content Description

The collection’s materials document the period from 1977 to 2008. Most of the materials relate directly to the ASC, including annual reports from 1977-2005, student usage, grants applied for and received, and Andrea Gapko's correspondence from 1977-1988 and 1993-2006. There are also records from the department of Educational Opportunity, which worked closely with the ASC and Gapko to serve students, and materials relating to a program development collaboration with the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College.

Many of the documents in this collection are paper copies of meeting minutes, emails, reports, and other miscellaneous academic records.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Transferred to the University Archives by the Academic Skills Center in May 2013.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Preferred Citation: Academic Skills Center Records, 1977-2008. AS602. Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.

Processing Note: Processed by Elizabeth Miniatt, July 2018.

Arrangement: By series.

Subjects

Personal Names: Gapko, Andrea

Subject Terms: Peer teaching; tutors and tutoring; correspondence; student affairs services; college department heads; Universities and colleges--Departments

Geographical Terms: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Detailed List of Contents

Series 1: Academic Skills Center Annual Reports

The ASC Annual Reports detail the functioning of the ASC from year to year, documenting changes, challenges, and successes.

Dates: 1977-2005, bulk 1980-1999

Extent: .8 linear feet (2 archives boxes)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box 1/Folder 1

Annual Report 1977-78

1977-78

1/2

Annual Report 1978-79

1978-79

1/3

Annual Report 1979-80

1979-80

1/4

Annual Report 1980-81

1980-81

1/5

Annual Report 1981-82

1981-82

1/6

Annual Report 1982-83 Audit and Review Report, 1983

1982-83

1/7

ASC Student Usage 1983-89

1983-89

1/8

Audit Materials 1983

1983

1/9

Annual Report 1983-84

1983-84

1/10

Annual Report 1985-86

1985-86

1/11

Annual Report 1986-87

1986-87

1/12

Annual Report 1987-88

1987-88

1/13

Annual Report 1988-89

1988-89

1/14

Annual Report 1989-90

1989-90

1/15

Annual Report 1990-91

1990-91

1/16

Annual Report 1991-92

1991-92

1/17

Annual Report 1992-93

1992-93

1/18

Annual Report 1993-94

1993-94

1/19

Five-Year Program Plan May 1995, updated July 1997

1995-97

2/1

Annual Report 1994-95

1994-95

2/2

5 Year Plan 1995

1995

2/3

Annual Report 1995-96

1995-96

2/4

Annual Report 1996-97

1996-97

2/5

Annual Report 1997-98

1997-98

2/6

Annual Report 1998-99

1998-99

2/7

Annual Report 1999-2000

1999-2000

2/8

Annual Report 2000-01

2000-01

2/9

Annual Report 2001-02

2001-02

2/10

Annual Report 2002-03

2002-03

2/11

Annual Report 2003-04

2003-04

2/12

Mid-year Report Fall 2004

2004

2/13

Annual Report 2004-05

2004-05

2/14

Mid-year Report Fall 2005

2005

Series 2: Correspondence & Subject Files

Gapko’s correspondence, deals with the day-to-day running of the ASC and other academia-related business. The subject files deal with the Educational Opportunity Center, a campus office which was closely connected to the ASC, grant proposals and grants received by the ASC, and the partnership with Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College in program development.

Dates: 1977-2008, bulk 1980-1999

Extent: 1.97 linear feet (4 archives boxes)

Container

Contents

Dates

3/1

Correspondence: 1977-82

1977-82

3/2

Correspondence: 1982-88

1982-88

3/3

Correspondence: 1982-83

1982-83

3/4

Correspondence: 1983-84

1983-84

3/5

Correspondence: 1984-85

1984-85

3/6

Correspondence: 1985-86

1985-86

3/7

Correspondence: 1986-87

1986-87

3/8

Correspondence: 1987-88

1987-88

3/9

Correspondence: 1988-89

1988-89

4/1

Correspondence: 1989-90

1989-90

4/2

Correspondence: 1990-91

1990-91

4/3

Correspondence: 1991-92

1991-92

4/4

Correspondence: 1992-93

1992-93

4/5

Correspondence: 1993-94

1993-94

4/6

Correspondence: 1994-95

1994-95

4/7

Correspondence: 1995-96

1995-96

4/8

Correspondence: 1996-97

1996-97

4/9

Correspondence: 1997-98

1997-98

4/10

Correspondence: Mash & Pitts email 1998-99

1998-99

4/11

Correspondence: 1998-99

1998-99

4/12

Correspondence: 1999-2000

1999-2000

4/13

Correspondence: 2000-01

2000-01

4/14

Correspondence: 2001-02

2001-02

4/15

Correspondence: 2002-03

2002-03

4/16

Correspondence: 2003-04

2003-04

4/17

Correspondence: 2004-05

2004-05

4/18

Correspondence: 2005-08

2005-08

5/1

Grants 1977-1988

1977-1988

5/2

Grant Proposals 1978-87

1978-87

5/3

Grant Proposals 1987-88

1987-88

5/4

Grant Proposals 1988-89

1988-89

5/5

Grant Proposals 1988-91

1988-91

5/6

Grant Proposals 1989-90

1989-90

5/7

Grant Proposals 1990-91

1990-91

5/8

Grant Proposals 1991-92

1991-92

5/9

Grant Proposals 1991-93

1991-93

5/10

Grant Proposals 1992-93

1992-93

6/1

Grant Proposals 1993-94

1993-94

6/2

Grant Proposals 1994-95

1994-95

6/3

Grant Proposals 1995-96

1995-96

6/4

Grant Proposals 1996-97

1996-97

6/5

Grant Proposals 1997-98

1997-98

6/6

Grant Proposals 1998-99

1998-99

6/7

EOP: EOP Annual Reports, 1985-87; American Ethnic Coordinating Office 1986-87; Adult Opportunity, 1986-87

1985-87

6/8

EOP: Annual Report and NCA Self Study 1987-88 and Adult Opportunity & American Ethnic Coordinating Office Reports

1987-88

6/9

EOP: Committee for Minority Retention/Recruitment Position

1988

6/10

EOP: Unit Heads Meetings

1991-94

6/11

EOP: ASC Director's Meetings with Ann Lapp

1991-92

6/12

EOP: ASC Director's Meetings with Ann Lapp

1991-93

2/15

LCOOCC Program Development: Meeting Notes

1993-94

2/16

LCOOCC Program Development: Correspondence

1993-94

2/17

LCOOCC Program Development: LCO/UWEC Nursing Project – Current Activities

1993-94

2/18

LCOOCC Program Development: LCO 1993-94

1993-94

2/19

LCOOCC Program Development: Work Plan for Articulated Baccalaureate Nursing Program for American Indian Students

1993-94

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