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ERIC Number: ED450392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Out of the Basement: Making Writing Center Improvements with Very Little Money or Support.
Chernekoff, Janice
This paper reports on the travails of the writing center at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. The paper recounts how the center has been forced to move physically several times in the past few years and has battled a budget crunch as well. It explains that, although the English Department has been allocating enough money from its budget to support the basic staffing of the Center, it is supporting a service that the entire campus is invited to use, and the Center makes do without the research assistance and student support that other departments obtain from similar budget lines. The paper then explains how the Center's director prioritized the needs of the Writing Center in this order: train and professionalize the tutors; advertise services and network with faculty from English and other departments; advocate for a tenure-track faculty line to assume responsibility for the Center; and finally, prepare proposals for better facilities, updated equipment, and more money for tutor wages. It delineates some ideas that were used in training sessions. The paper concludes that, given the absence of resources of every kind, what needed to be done (and was done) was to get the tutors themselves interested in turning the Writing Center around and making it a visible, valued resource on campus. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A