Under the Department of English, the Writing Center helps students in the areas of critical thinking, consultations and more.
The staff is comprised of a handful of instructors, at least five graduate students and about a baker’s dozen of undergraduates are there to help students look over their papers, formulate ideas and improve their writing. Professors can recommend strong students to join, but student employees must complete the English 500 course “Writing Center Theory and Practice” before they can tutor.
“It’s benefited me to proofread my paper, and be able to get things fact-checked,” Nate Reichmuth, junior in business and minor in English, said.
The Writing Center provides online tutoring, class visits and writing workshops.
“It helps me find the right ways of wording my ideas on paper and getting them correct in my mind and organized on paper,” Anya Gleichmann, junior in English, said.
While the center doesn’t keep track of students’ grades, they use a national data gathering survey that correlates GPAs and grades.
“The students who seek help are typically go-getters in general,” Cydney Alexis, director of the Writing Center and an assistant professor in English, said. “We assess our tutoring and look at the data through the end of the term survey to each student who came in for a tutoring service.”
According to the annual report in 2017, students within the College of Arts and Sciences go to the center the most, followed by the colleges of Engineering, Human Ecology (now Health and Human Sciences) and Business.