University of Richmond2017 Institution Survey

Writing centers--General description

Does your institution have a writing center or learning center with writing tutors?


Is the writing center free-standing or part of another institutional unit?


Where is the writing center located? Note: From this point on writing center refers to both free-standing and those located within another unit.


Is there a mission statement for the writing center?


Are there explicit goals for the writing center?


How are the goals assessed?

Center usage statistics


What other methods of assessment does the writing center utilize?

Annual Assessment

In addition to providing support for students writing for their courses, what services does the writing center offer? Check all that apply.

Assistance with writing in a language other than English

Assistance for English Language Learners

Asssistance for faculty on syllabus or curriculum development

What events does the writing center offer?

Student workshops


Writing centers--Consultations

What type of appointments does the writing center offer?

scheduled face-to-face appts

drop-in face-to-face appts

online feedback via e-mail

What is the average length of a consultation or tutorial session offered?

50 minutes

What percentage of the undergraduate student body had a writing center consultation during the 2016-17 academic year?


Writing centers--Consultants

How many consultants worked in the writing center during the 2016-17 academic year? UG=undergraduates, GS=graduate students, Fac=faculty, PT=professional tutors, Vol=volunteers


On average, what percentage of a week's consultations are staffed by each group? For example, if your center offers 100 hours of consultations a week and 50 hours are filled by undergraduates and 25 hours by both graduate students and professional tutors, then the percentage would be 50% undergraduate, 25% graduate students, and 25% professional tutors.


How are undergraduate consultants initially trained?

Full-credit course

How are faculty consultants initially trained?

Workshops before semester begins

What on-going professional development opportunities are provided undergraduate consultants?

Attend regional conferences

Outside speakers

Meeting with Director

What on-going professional development opportunities are provided faculty consultants?

Meeting with Director

How are the undergradaute consultants compensated?

Hourly wage

How are the faculty consultants compensated?


Writing centers--Administration

Who has primary responsibility for directing the writing center or overseeing the writing tutors if the tutors are part of a different institutional unit?

One person administers all sites of writing on campus

In addition to the person who has primary responsibility, how many undergraduates, graduate students, staff members, or faculty members have administrative responsibilities for the writing center?


Does the writing center have a faculty advisory committee?


Writing centers--Changes

Since the academic year 2012/13 have there been changes to the writing center at your institution (not including staffing)?


What changes have been made?

Writing center moved

Since the academic year 2012/13 have there been changes to the staffing or administration of the writing center at your institution?


Do you foresee changes to the writing center over the next four years?


Feel free to explain these upcoming changes.

A report to our General Education Committee about our first-year seminar shows broad dissatisfaction with the quality of student writing as well as the ability of faculty from across the curriculum to teach it in FYS. I anticipate the creation of a new model with some sort of new academic writing class in the first semester of the first year. We are also moving slowly toward a Learning Commons model that will bring together all our centers--Speech, Academic Skills, Writing, Tech Learning Center--on one floor in the library.

Writing Fellows (Embedded Writing Tutors)--General information

Does your institution have a writing fellows program? (See glossary for definitions)


How old is the writing fellows program?

20+ years

How is the writing fellows program funded?

Writing center budget

Writing Fellows (Embedded Writing Tutors)--Staffing

Do the writing fellows work both as fellows and in the writing center?

Students work both as writing fellows and writing center tutors.

Do the writing fellows regularly attend the class they are assigned to work with?


On average, how many students does each writing fellow work with for a course?


How are the writing fellows compensated?

Hourly wage