ERIC Number: ED477554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
"E Pluribus Unum": Writing Center Planning for a Global, Multicultural World.
DeCiccio, Albert C.
This paper describes attempts to bring writing center planning for a global, multicultural world to Rivier College, New Hampshire, a small, predominantly white, Catholic college. It explains how the writing center has been instrumental in leading this planning process. The process began with education on four broad issues regarding diversity and multiculturalism (expanding Rivier's reach as a community resource; reconceptualizing the way people thought about time, space, and people in the context of Rivier College's values; responding to demographic and market demands through student-centered initiatives; and evaluating the fiscal viability of meeting these goals). Ultimately, Rivier was directed to examine the creative tension between its vision and its current reality. Rivier's Writing Center director helped design a proposal for an English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Writing Advisor pilot program, hired writing advisors, and invited ESL students to participate in weekly tutorial sessions. Although the program provided services for some students, it met with limited success. For example, it is a non-credit-bearing, non-integrated pilot tutorial program and does not always adequately serve students' needs. The college has since revised and institutionalized the director's position and reiterated the recommendation to continue a revised Writing Advisor Program as a supplement to other ESL offerings. (Contains 16 references.) (SM)
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