NASPA, the national organization for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, awarded the Fresno State Learning Center‘s tutoring program the Gold Excellence Award for its innovative tutor training which uses project-based learning to impact student success.

The tutoring program provides open source learning to students and tutors make studying simple. The tutoring program has proven to improve grade outcomes for students.

Using project-based learning challenges tutors to provide a successful learning environment. Tutors are given objectives to explore, solve and express concepts from training. They are encouraged to become independent workers, critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

The impact was:

  • 89 percent of tutors felt they gained information that would help them better approach tutoring sessions
  • 100 percent felt they would be more helpful to students and felt more self-confident in their tutoring abilities
  • 79 percent felt training would increase their critical thinking skills in tutoring sessions

The tutoring program has partnerships across campus with the athletics tutoring center, CAL-Soap and Upward Bound.

“This special recognition supports the innovative work of our tutoring program which centers on creating a positive learning environment that is inclusive for all Fresno State students,” said Mai Kou Vang, interim director of the Fresno State Learning Center.

The tutoring program at Fresno State is led by academic support coordinator William Hardaway and academic support specialist Anthony Losongco.

To learn more about the program, contact 559.278.3052 or visit