Assessment Grant: Project and results from the WRT Zone

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Date: November 12, 2019
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Faculty Administration Building #2339
Category: Seminar

2018 Program Assessment Grant recipient Jule Thomas will present the results of her grant project at the Humanities Center Brown Bag Series:

Wayne State University Writers: Who uses the WRT Zone and Who Doesn’t?


Writing center assessment has a tangled history of methodology and findings (Gillespie, 2002; Babcock, 2008; Lerner, 2009; Thompson, 2009; Brizee, Sousa, Driscoll, 2012).  All have responded to a call for empirical research within writing centers.  Recently, a four-year, longitudinal study by Salem (2016), investigated who and who did not utilize the writing center at Temple University.  Salem used her findings to assess unique student demographics, needs of students who visited, and if traditional tutoring best practices met those students' needs.  She found that students who came from non-traditional and disadvantage backgrounds were more likely to utilize writing center services.  She ended her research with a call for a re-investigation of tutoring best practices that meet the unique needs of students who visit our centers.  This presentation will provide findings from research of student demographics and usage at Wayne State University's writing center and will provide suggestions for tutoring strategies and support for our unique student needs.  It will end with plans for further research and suggestions for institutional assessment and practical application of that assessment for tutor training and best practices.


Cathy Barrette, WSU Director of Assessment




Academic Staff, Faculty

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