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History of SALT

1980s: Inception

The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center at the University of Arizona was founded during the 1980-1981 academic year as a program within the Student Resource Center. At the time, SALT provided academic services and accommodations to three students with learning disabilities (LD).

1990s: Growth

After 13 years of service, the SALT Center became a freestanding, fee-based department within the Division of Campus Life and was serving the needs of many students diagnosed with LD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). Operating in 2,500 square feet of space, the SALT Center was located in the basement of Old Main, the oldest building at the University. SALT staff was located in tight offices, and tutors conducted tutoring sessions around Old Main, often sitting outside, immersed in the sounds of everyday university life.

2000s: Structure

At the turn of the millennium, the SALT Center had long out-grown its space at Old Main.  With the help of over 500 individual donors, families, and parents, a new building was commissioned so that the SALT Center could better serve its student population. The program transitioned into its new 16,000 square-foot home, where over 500 students continue to take advantage of its services each semester.

Today: Progress

The SALT Center, which consists of 30 dedicated staff members and nearly 100 tutors, serves over 500 students each semester. Through a composite of learning support services, it has nurtured the growth of independent learning for thousands of students since its inception in 1980. In 2012, the SALT Center received a $2 million commitment from Bruce R. and Patricia A. Bartlett, loyal contributors and parents of a former SALT student.  In light of this generous gift, the SALT Center structure has been renamed; it is now known as the Patricia A. Bartlett building.