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College reading & Leaning Association

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Vision, Mission, & Guiding Principles


Vision Statement

The College Reading and Learning Association strives to be the professional development resource of choice for college professionals dedicated to enhancing student academic success.

Mission Statement

To provide college reading and learning professionals with an open forum to discover and exchange the leading tools and techniques to enhance student academic success. The guiding principles will help us support our mission.

Guiding Principles

  • Provide professional development for college professionals active in reading, learning assistance, writing, ESOL, learning strategies, mathematics, college success programs, mentoring, and tutoring programs;
  • Support best practices that promote innovative learning environments;
  • Promote a culturally responsive approach to teaching and learning;
  • Promote research, evaluation, and assessment in the field;
  • Provide graduate students with opportunities to participate in the field;
  • Cultivate a diverse and active membership;
  • Promote ethically responsible professional behavior;
  • Provide organizational leadership opportunities;
  • Provide an efficient and effective organizational structure to ensure the health and growth of the Association; 
  • Collaborate with other professional associations for mutual benefit.

The Board will create its yearly action plans based on these principles.   The guidelines provide the foundation for the Association’s decision-making, such as funding, committee action, and conference emphases.  Future Boards may modify the guidelines as needed for the Association to maintain its vitality.


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Questions to CRLA President: Melissa Thomas at
Last update on: 20-Dec-2012

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