“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

— Nelson Mandela

“Each one, teach one; reach back, lift as you climb!”

— Unknown

“Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you do the best.”

— Marva Collins

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and the world better than you found it.”

— Marian Wright Edelman

“Dedicate the precious days of your lives to the betterment of the world.”

— Bahá’u’lláh

Information for Our Faculty and Staff

Our partnership with SUNY Albany faculty is essential to our center's success and growth. Faculty members refer students to our services, recommend students to become tutors, and provide essential feedback regarding our academic support services.

We are available to consult with faculty interested in learning more about our services. Please contact Gale Butler Kuhlkin, the CARSS Coordinator, at 518-437-4442 or email [email protected] to request an informal meeting.

Referring a Student to Our Center

We appreciate your recommendation of our services to your students. There are a few ways to recommend the CARSS program to your students.

  • Some professors include our contact information in their syllabi.
  • Others invite us into the class to present a five minute introduction to our services.
  • Many find referring individual students to CARSS equally valuable.

Students can access the CARSS program at any point in the semester to request help in a particular course. We will do our best to meet their request and always suggest that students work with their professor in addition to seeking tutoring assistance.

Regardless of how a student learns of our services, he/she will be treated with the same courtesy and attention to his/her concerns as any college-level learner. All students who would like to use our services need to stop at the CARSS Office. We will help the student through the request process including advising the student on what he/she can do to prepare for his/her tutoring session.

We do respect the privacy of the students who use our services. If they have granted us the right to share their information with others, we will be able to report to you a brief summary of the number of times they have been tutored for your course and the concepts covered in the session(s) they attended.

Recommending Students to Become Tutors

As content-area experts, you have an astute sense of the knowledge-base of the students enrolled in your courses. You also may have an opportunity to gain insight into their character and see their ability to work with others through in-class observations and faculty conferences. If you think one of your former students would be a good tutor, please discuss the possibility with the student and if he or she is willing, please refer them to our office for more information.

Faculty Tutor Recommendation Form

We do ask that all of our tutors obtain faculty recommendations for all courses they would like to tutor. Some tutors may approach you to request that you fill out the Faculty Tutor Recommendation Form. We hope that you see this as the honor it is intended to be.

Requesting a Class Visit by an Experienced Staff Member

We recognize that your class time is a precious commodity, but inviting a representative from CARSS may be an excellent means of informing your students about the CARSS resource.

At any time during the course of the semester, you can contact the CARSS office to arrange a class visit.

Our peer tutors are also excellent resources for your students. If students are not using our services as much as you would like, please contact us to invite one of our tutors to come to the class and share our services with your students.

The Science Library personnel are also willing to make a presentation on relevant services they offer or arrange tours for your students of their facility. They can provide assistance with finding journal articles, starting a paper and finding more research sources.