Washington State University2017 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?

Part of another institutional unit

If the writing center is not free-standing, what larger institutional unit is it a part of?

Rhetoric/writing department or program

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

Academic building

Is there a mission statement for the writing center?


Are there explicit goals for the writing center?


How are the goals assessed?

Student feedback forms

Center usage statistics


What other methods of assessment does the writing center utilize?

eval of consultants

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

Assistance with job materials

Assistance with graduate school materials

Assistance for English Language Learners

What events does the writing center offer?

Student workshops



What other events does the writing center offer?

1-credit writing workshop classes

Writing centers--Consultations

What type of appointments does the writing center offer?

drop-in face-to-face appts

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

40 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

Staff meetings

Workshops before semester begins

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

Attend regional conferences

Present at regional conferences

Read professional journals

Outside speakers

Staff meetings

Semester inservice or workshop

Meeting with Director

How are the undergradaute consultants compensated?

Hourly wage

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?

Writing Center Administrator (WCA)

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?

Satellite located added

Added services

Added full-credit training course

Began to offer workshops

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


What other changes have been made to the staffing or administration of the writing center?

Professional assistant director position (full time, M.A. required) was cut and a part-time program program assistant was added (para-professional)

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


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

Administrative positions--Writing Center Administrator (WCA)

How is the Writing Center Administrator position (WCA) classified?

Hybrid Faculty/Staff-FT

To whom does the WCA report?


Was the WCA hired for this position?


Which of the following teaching responsibilities does the WCA have? Check all that apply.

Teach courses

Tutor students

Train tutors, TAs, or professional staff

student workshops

On average, how many courses per year does the WCA teach?


Which of the following are the administrative responsibilities of the WCA?

Develop curriculum

Create Program Documents

Conduct assessment

Hire (tutors, professional staff, or teaching faculty)

Supervise (tutors, professional staff, or teaching faculty)

Mentor (tutors, professional staff, or teaching faculty)

Schedule writing courses

Place students into writing courses

Advertise program

Oversee program budget

Plan events

Maintain program/department/center website

Serve on university committees