The Learning Assistance Center developed from a specialized program in 1972 called Proyecto Esperanza, a special services program funded by a governmental grant. The grant funded services for students who were first-generation college students, economically-disadvantaged students, or were students with disabilities. What became evident after a 1974-1975 self-study was that the counseling and tutorial services funded by the grant were needed by many students at our then open-admissions university. The result of a task force led by Dr. Bud Frankenberger was the establishment of the Learning Assistance Center in 1975.
While the LAC today is quite different from its earlier version, its philosophy is the same. The LAC and its staff recognize the importance of student empowerment and self-reliance. These characteristics are as important today as they were yesterday.