Writing Center Goals

Through the Writing Center, we seek:

  1. To sustain the writing of students across their academic careers. Though not our only objective, we seek to increase the amount and frequency of student writing, as well as offer students more sustained instruction in writing, in more courses, spread out over their academic careers.
  2. To increase student engagement with learning. Results from the National Survey of Student Engagement show significant correlation between extensive writing and both higher order thinking and integrative learning (NSSE 2008 Results). Union’s Office of Writing Programs offers increased attention and support for student writing in the belief that such attention will lead to further engagement with course content and increased retention.
  3. To increase student writing proficiency. Writers become more proficient as they write across a wide range of rhetorical situations, genres, purposes, and discourse communities, and compose using a range of media. At Union, the Office of Writing Programs creates opportunities for this range of writing experiences across student’s academic career.
  4. To create a campus culture that supports writing. We seek to promote a cultural shift in how writing is perceived and valued, and thus may sponsor speaker series, faculty writing retreats, and platforms that highlight student writing awards, student conferences, or venues for publishing student work.
  5. To create a community of faculty around teaching and student writing. The Office of Writing Programs seeks to highlight common ground in academic disciplines through its focus on teaching and learning, often accomplished through cross-disciplinary faculty development programming.