Our mission: The writing center is dedicated to providing one-to-one instructional
assistance for students in all levels of reading and writing, with particular emphasis
on the success of basic skills English and English as a Second Language (ESL) students.
The Writing Center provides support for any credit students who need assistance with
reading and writing. Students enrolled in English 512-514 classes spend two hours
per week completing lab assignments that compliment classroom instruction as part
of their course credit. Additionally, ESL students complete one hour per week in the
lab working on lab assignments (which are assigned by the instructor). Students who
are not enrolled in English 512-514 or ESL Writing skills may register for the half-unit
Writing Center course, English 306 or 307, in order to fully utilize the lab. Faculty
tutors and lab staff are available to help students address individual reading and/or
writing issues. Students may use computers, study independently, or work in groups.
Bldg. L (ARC - Academic Resource Center)
Telephone extension: 3501
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m to 12 p.m.
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closed Friday and Saturday
Mary Jean Abatti
Student Learning Outcomes
- PSLO 1. (Operational): The Writing Center will provide writing, reading, and technology instruction
in an accessible, comfortable, supportive, and collaborative environment for students
of all abilities and from all disciplines. This outcome is assessed every semester (fall and spring) for English 512, 513,
and ESL using a student survey.
PLO 2. (Instructional): Developmental English and English as a Second Language students will
demonstrate improved writing at the sentence, paragraph, and/or essay level. This outcome is the most difficult to assess. In 2007, AHC’s department of Institutional
Research studied the success rates of students in courses with required Writing Center
components and was able to demonstrate some correlation between Writing Center use
and success in the course. However, since that time it has been challenging to distinguish
success attributed specifically to study in the Writing Center. In an attempt to
address this assessment gap, the Writing Center has developed a new assessment tool
used in spring 2012 for the first time. (Results are shown in the Exhibits, which
are located in the Program Review: Learning Recourses 2013-2014).
PLO 4. (Instructional): Students will demonstrate improved confidence in the use of technology. This outcome is assessed every semester (fall and spring) for English 512, 513, 514,
and ESL using a student survey.
** See V. Trends Analyses for challenging and opportunities (which are located in
the Program Review: Learning Recourses 2013-2014).
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