Conference Keynote Speaker

Dr. Julianna Barnes

President of Cuyamaca College

Dr. Julianna Barnes brings more than 27 years of experience in higher education to this position, including over 18 years of collegial leadership in the California Community Colleges.  She has published and presented at numerous state and national conferences on topics such as student learning, success and equity, institutional effectiveness and developmental education reform.

Pre-Conference Presentations

Pre-Con A.

Determining Program Impact and Effectiveness: An In-depth Journey into Data Collection, Data Storytelling, Evaluation, and Impact

Pre-Con B.

The Work and Workings of Successful Writing Centers 

Pre-Con C.

Innovative Practices for Tutor Training and Program Growth

Pre-Con D.

Academic Success Coaching to Facilitate Student Success



History of ACTLA

The Association of Colleges for Tutoring and Learning Assistance (ACTLA) was organized in 1973 with the purpose of improving tutorial programs and services in California Community Colleges. The first conference was held at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria on May 2, 1974. Through 1983 the organization was called the California Community College Tutorial Association (CCCTA). Beginning in 1984, with the intention of including all institutions of higher education in California, the name changed to the Association of California Colleges for Tutoring and Learning Assistance (ACCTLA). In the summer of 2002 a strategic planning committee of the executive board approved a final name change to the Association of Colleges for Tutoring and Learning Assistance (ACTLA). More than 30 years after its inception ACTLA is now a national organization but retains its original purpose: improving tutorial programs and related services.

ACTLA loves its roots (all segments of higher education in California) but its canopy (a national organization with a CLADEA affiliation) is the direction and purpose we've had for 15 years!



ACTLA is a member of the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations.


Learning Assistance Programs


Learning Support Center in Higher Education