I am excited to announce a collaborative research project between Wallace Community College and Auburn University at Montgomery. WCC Writing Center Coordinator Dr. Randall Sessler and AUM Learning Center Coordinator Matthew Kemp will each spend a day shadowing one another at their respective campuses. While acknowledging that writing centers at four-year universities, community colleges, historically... Continue Reading →

Decentralizing Writing Centers

At last February's Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) conference in Oxford, Mississippi, I attended several worthwhile panels on representing the value of writing centers. Presenters discussed a variety of ways to quantify and document the impact writing centers have on student success. After the conference, I mined data on our fall semester here at Wallace to... Continue Reading →

Transferring Between Modalities

In a few short months, I will have to face a wonderful but terrible truth: peer tutors graduate. While I am proud in a way that I cannot express in words (interpretive dance or semaphore may come closer), I will no doubt shed many a tear. Two of my peer tutors transferring to the University... Continue Reading →

Survey Data and Writing Center Impact

Inspired by presentations at this year's SWCA conference, I have begun to mine past survey data to find new and engaging ways to show the effects our writing center has on students. The word cloud below is part of my renewed foray into analytics and data collation. Allow me to provide a bit of context. I... Continue Reading →

Assessing Writing Center Effectiveness

This post is a continuation of my reflections from the SWCA 2017 Conference at the University of Mississippi. In this follow up, I will discuss how two writing centers in our state of Alabama have developed creative techniques to show the ways in which writing centers affect student success. During her talk, "Demonstrating Value-Added: When Administrators... Continue Reading →

From February 15th to 18th, I had the pleasure of representing my writing center at the Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) Conference at the University of Mississippi. Over the course of the conference, I attended wonderful presentations and heard accounts of the great work happening at writing centers all over the region. Using one of... Continue Reading →

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