ERIC Number: ED336153
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Survey of Writing Centers in Community Colleges.
McKeague, Patricia M.; Reis, Elizabeth
In 1990, Moraine Valley Community College conducted a study of writing centers at community colleges belonging to the League for Innovation in the Community College. The survey was designed to gather information on the staffing, facilities, services, operations, budget, and evaluation of writing centers. Questionnaires were sent to and returned by 15 colleges, with 2 college districts returning more than one survey. Major findings of the survey were as follows: (1) 13 colleges reported that their campus had a writing center; (2) directors of writing centers were faculty members at six and administrators at two institutions; (3) more than half of the writing centers employed full-time faculty (69%) and student tutors (62%), while less than half were staffed by part-time faculty (46%) and para-professional tutors (39%); (4) all writing centers offered assistance with writing or revising term papers or research projects, and the majority offered help with word processing (63%) or computer usage (54%); (5) writing centers served an average of 47 students daily; (6) the average salary for a writing center director was $25,823 a year, while para-professional staff earned an average of $8.26 per hour and tutors earned an average of $4.73 per hour; (7) all writing centers notified instructors if a student used a writing center to complete a writing assignment; (8) respondents reported that the availability of a writing center did improve the quality of student writing; and (9) plans to improve writing centers included moving to a larger or better location; increasing the number of staff, computers, or equipment; and the development of a writing across the curriculum program. A directory of writing centers and the questionnaire are attached. (JMC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Moraine Valley Community Coll., Palos Hills, IL.