ERIC Number: ED232195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
From Writing Lab to Interdisciplinary Academic Support Center: Cost-Effective Guidelines.
Chiteman, Michael D.
The first step in an effort to expand a writing laboratory program calls for the director and the current staff to investigate the areas in which expansion is desirable and can feasibly occur. This can be done by asking students to identify disciplines in which they would use additional tutorial help, or by addressing the faculty, especially those teaching freshman and sophomore level courses. Once a selected and limited number of expansion areas has been determined, the director can undertake the task of staffing. To provide tutors in a cost-effective manner, the first place a director should look is to the faculty itself. One possibility is to grant a faculty member a course reduction for a specified number of hours as a tutor. Student internships provide another cost-effective measure. Similar to any internship, the student would be granted academic credits for serving as a tutor in his or her major field. Another avenue for providing upper level students as tutors is to search for outside funding to pay outstanding seniors an hourly wage. Financial support can come from grants, fund-raising projects, or local businesses. Directors should keep in mind, however, that the moment a writing lab commits itself to expanded services, the director's responsibilities escalate. Consequently, the director's position must become a full-time position within the center. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing Laboratories
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Writing Centers Association (5th, West Lafayette, IN, May 5-6, 1983).