UW Pipeline Project

Info for Community Partners

About UW Pipeline Students:

The Pipeline Project connects UW undergraduate students to tutoring opportunities in schools and community organizations each academic quarter of the UW school year.

Many of the Pipeline tutors are enrolled in classes related to education and receive credit for completing their tutoring commitment. Many take a weekly Pipeline seminar focused on different education topics, and tutor at least 2.5 hours/week (at least 20 hours over the course of 8-9 weeks) in K-12 classrooms. Occasionally, students receive more credit by tutoring 40, 60 or even 80 hours over the course of a quarter. Some students take service-learning courses in the sociology or psychology departments, which give them an opportunity to tutor through Pipeline as well.  Or some tutor as volunteers, not connected to an academic class. Students sign up for their tutoring commitment one UW academic quarter at a time.

What kind of training do Pipeline tutors receive?
All Pipeline tutors attend a 1.5 hour orientation that covers topics including the role of tutors, tutoring tips and strategies, cultural competency, safety and liability issues, and how to get started tutoring. Many students also take weekly seminars where they debrief their tutoring experiences and discuss pertinent education issues.

Does Pipeline run a WA State Patrol Background check on Pipeline tutors?
No. Beginning August 2016, Pipeline will no longer be running background checks on UW tutors. Please use the background check procedure that your school/organization uses with the UW Pipeline students.

Responsibilities of Community Partners:

  • Post positions on EXPO database in accordance with instructions and deadlines.
    Please see more information below.
  • Respond to student inquiries about tutoring opportunities within 3 business days.
    Students need to confirm and complete their tutoring commitment in order to receive credit, so they will be anxious to confirm their position and get started.
  • Orient Pipeline tutors to their position and to your school.
    Please go over any paperwork and policies or procedures you want them to know about, as well as important information about your school. We encourage you to also orient students to the contact person in case of their absence. Please note that UW Pipeline tutors should not be alone with K-12 students, but should be working under the supervision of a school staff person.
  • Organize a volunteer placement for the student at your school.
    We tell tutors that it takes the contact person anywhere from a couple days to one week to place them in a classroom. Because of the tight timeline students are on, it is very helpful for students to get placed as soon as possible so they have plenty of time to complete their tutoring hours. When finding the position, please remember that Pipeline tutoring positions should primarily involve direct tutoring, not administrative duties.
  • Be responsive to student questions and concerns.
  • Complete short online evaluation of each UW Pipeline volunteer by the deadline. This evaluation is often required by the professors in order for the students to receive credit, so it is important that it be completed by the deadline. If there are a number of teachers at your school that are hosting UW Pipeline tutors, you might find it easiest to print this tutor evaluation document, and have them fill it out, then enter the information into the EXPO database.
  • Let Pipeline staff know if you have any questions, concerns about student conduct, or if there is a change in the volunteer coordinator at your school.

Getting Set up with the EXPO Database:

You will need to set up a username and password for accessing our tutor position database. We will send you a one-time link that will allow you to log in and create your username. The EXPO database will be important for posting position descriptions and evaluating tutors at the end of the quarter.

Once you have set up your username and password, you can access EXPO anytime by clicking this link. Be sure to click on “All other non-UW users” to log in.

2018-2019 Yearly UW Pipeline Tutor Calendar:

Autumn Quarter

Sept. 17:

Deadline to submit tutoring positions in EXPO. (If you are not able to submit by this deadline, you are welcome to submit a position for Winter quarter.)

Sept. 26:

First day of UW Autumn Quarter classes.

Sept 26 to Oct 5:

Students contact sites to set up tutoring placements.

Dec 3 to Dec 7:

Last week of Autumn Quarter service. (Occasionally, students will tutor the following week, during finals.)

Dec 7:

Evaluations of tutors due from partners.


Jan 7th:

First day of UW Winter Quarter classes.

Jan 7 to Jan 15:

Students contact sites to set up tutoring placements.

Mar 10 to Mar 15:

Students wrap up their Winter Quarter service.

Mar 915:

Evaluations of tutors due from Partners.


April 1st:

First day of UW Spring quarter classes.

Apr 1st to Apr 12:

Students contact sites to set up tutoring placements.

Jun 2 to Jun 7:

Students wrap up their Spring quarter service.

Jun 7:

Evaluations of tutors due from partners.

If you have any questions getting started, please send us an email at pipeline@uw.edu or give us a call at 206-616-2302.