Tuesday, October 18, 2005


Good morning! I'm new to the blog and excited to be here; for the last year or so, I've been looking for ways to communicate with community college folk, and this blog seems like a great way to participate. I'm getting ready for the International Writing Centers Association 2005 conference in Minneapolis, so I won't have much time to write this week. If you're in the Minneapolis area, though, I'd love to connect with you: I'm very interested in writing center work in the community college setting. I'll be presenting Saturday at 3:00 about the Greater Kansas City Writing Center Project, a city-wide group of writing center people in the KC metropolitan area. Even if you aren't overtly involved in writing center/learning center work at your institution, I'd like to connect because I'm very interested in how different schools handle writing tutoring. In the mean time, have a great week.


At 11:25 AM, Blogger sharon said...

Hi! I love your name - ah... the joys of warm cheese and pasta....

I teach in a rural community college in the northwest, so I'm looking forward to learning more about how you run the writing center where you are.

We have only 2,000 full time enrolled students, so our center is only open 9-3 M-T and 9-noon on Friday. We have little cash to keep it running, so it is supported by a number of groups on campus (instruction, international student programs, student government, student programs) and each member of the English department spends one office hour per week in the writing center. We have one faculty member who runs the center as an additional duty with a small stipend. Our tutors are all students who were recommended by faculty, interviewed by the center director, and then participate in workshops once a month.

How is your center funded and staffed?

Glad you are here!

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At 7:41 PM, Blogger macncheese said...

I work at a few different institutions with markedly different writing centers. At my main campus, an urban community college that is part of a consortium of other local community colleges, our writing center is a small room within our learning center, where a number of tutoring services are available. The tutoring is funded out of Student Services and is a staple in the budget. We just got a new learning center director, and she extended our tutoring hours. They are now 8-7 Monday-Thursday, 8-2 on Fridays, and Saturday mornings. This center consists of a few part-time tutors and two peer tutors.

At a much better-funded, large (18,000-student population or something like that) suburban CC where I work, that CC has its own writing center with a large staff that includes peer tutors and instructors who actually teach one-hour, individualized courses as part of their work in the center. I am one of these instructors, and it's been a very different experience for me, as I am used to either tutoring or performing administrative functions in writing center environments. This center has an array of software programs and what not, also, which is another feature that is new for me.

I have a friend in a rural CC whose CC has no writing tutoring available. She has told me that sometimes a tutor is available to help with grammar or something, but for the most part, tutoring services are non-existent despite the need.

It's these marked differences that have made me interested in learning more about writing centers in CCs. Thanks for responding with so much information!

At 1:30 PM, Blogger middlebrow said...

Welcome to the blog.

We have a pretty large and successful writing center here at SLCC. We also have a Community Writing Center which is located in downtown Salt Lake City. Anyone, students and non students, can walk in and use the Community Writing Center's resources.

At 3:40 PM, Anonymous joanna said...

Welcome, welcome. I'm interested in hearing more about Writing Centers--Middlebrow, could you talk some more about the community writing center?

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