The first Symposium on Remedial/Developmental Education was held in New York in 1978. In 1979, twenty-five educators in college academic support services joined together to form the New York College Learning Skills Association. The NYCLSA constitution was ratified in April 1980 with these stated objectives:
- To advance standards for Learning Skills professionals through education, research and public service.
- To develop principles and standards for the establishment of learning assistance centers.
- To assist in the professional development of learning skills professions.
- To provide educational information and analysis to college educators and school systems, about learning skills research, systems, techniques and available support
To provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, methods and expertise to improve the learner's relationship with his/her institution and educational environment.