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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CPI Program?

  • "The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities for the University to employ students on campus in positions concomitant with their academic and professional interests.
  • This program enhances student success since students employed on campus and those that work closely with faculty are more likely to persist and excel academically."
  • For more information on the program, please review the CPI Overview.

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What are the objectives for CPI Tutors?*

  • Work in an educational setting as instructional support to teachers.
  • Become comfortable in a teaching environment.
  • Share passion for learning with students in public education.
  • Up to 20 hours a week.

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When will I be paid?

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How do I submit my CPI Sign-in Sheet?

  • Physically hand it in or send a scanned, electronic copy through email to:

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When can I start work?*

We will let you know when you can start. After your paperwork goes through the departments, the school district will give you a placement. After we hear back from them, we will give you the contact information to get in contact with your school’s principal to set up an official schedule with a specific teacher.

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What do I do when I miss work?*

If you can, always let your teacher know ahead of time if you aren’t going to be present on a certain day. If you can’t know in advance, contact the teacher immediately to let them know you aren’t tutoring that day. If you will be absent for more than two days in a row, please contact Alan Carlson at

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How many hours am I allowed to work?

As outlined by CPI guidelines, you are allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours a week, which means 40 hours a pay period. You are not allowed to work less than 20 and make them up the next week (For example, I can’t work 10 hours one week and then 30 the next).

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Who do I go to when I have a problem?

Communication is key. If you are having problems with students, talk to your teacher on how to best handle them. If your teacher is an issue, talk with the principal. All general questions and concerns can go through Alan Carlson at, or Camron Hammond at

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Can I work when ISU is not in session?*

Follow the academic calendar of your school district. If there is no school that day, you should not be reporting hours. (Note that this only includes holidays. Teacher work days are a valuable resource to sit in on and can be counted even though school is out).

Also, even though ISU school year ends mid-May, you can work in your school until their classes end.

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Are there summer hours available?

Summer hours are available in various schools. However, you must be enrolled in the following Fall Semester to qualify. Please contact Emma Wood if you are interested in summer hours.

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