North Seattle College

Sites of Writing--General Description

Does your institution have an official writing program or department? (n=118)

Yes

What is the institutional home of the writing program or department? (n=97)

English Department

Does your institution have first-year writing? (n=217)

No

Does your institution have writing across the curriculum (WAC)? (n=204)

No

Does your institution have writing in the disciplines (WID)? (n=198)

No

Does your institution have a writing center or learning center with writing tutors? (n=219)

Yes

Is the writing center part of the writing program or department? (n=198)

No

If not part of the writing program or department, what is the institutional home for the writing center? (n=171)

English Department

Does your institution have basic writing courses? (n=220)

Yes

Is basic writing part of the writing program or department? (n=199)

No

If not part of the writing program or department, what is the institutional home for the basic writing program? (n=136)

English Department

Sites of Writing--Writing Requirement

Does your institution have a writing requirement? (n=216)

Yes

What does the writing requirement at your institution consist of? (n=106)

First-year composition predominately taught by English and/or Writing department (FYC)

Are there curricular requirements that are not part of the writing requirement but that have writing as an explicit goal? (n=211)

No

Sites of Writing--College Writing Goals

Are there college-wide student writing goals? (n=216)

Yes

Have the goals been influenced by the WPA Outcomes Statement? (n=106)

No

How are the college-wide student writing goals assessed? (n=113)

Professors certify for writing proficiency when students take writing-intensive courses.

Sites of Writing--Community College Survey of Student Engagement

Does your institution administer the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)? (n=219)

Yes

How does your writing program use the CCSSE data? (n=139)

Nothing

Sites of Writing--Changes to Writing Program

Have there been changes to the writing program or sites of writing at your institution in the past 10 years? (n=219)

Yes

Were there changes to the writing requirement in the past 10 years? (n=193)

No

Were there changes to the assessment of writing at your institution over the past 10 years? (n=194)

No

Were there any changes to the administrative structures of the writing program or the sites of writing over the past 10 years? (n=195)

No

Was the writing program changed in the past 10 years to expand or eliminate areas? (n=191)

No

Were there changes to the staffing of the writing program or center over the past 10 years? (n=194)

Yes

Which changes to the staffing of the writing program or center have taken place over the past 10 years? (n=114)

Part-time teaching positions were added.

Were there any additional changes to the writing program or the sites of writing at your institution not already mentioned? (n=193)

Yes

If there were any additional changes to the writing program or the sites of writing at your institution not already mentioned, please explain.

New location

Do you foresee changes to the administrative, curricular, or support structures of the sites of writing at your institution over the next five years? (n=217)

Yes

What type of changes to the administrative, curricular, or support structures of the sites of writing at your institution do you foresee in the next five years? (n=151)

Changes to the curricular structures or writing requirement

First-Year Writing/ English Composition--General Description

Does your institution have a first-year writing requirement, whether explicit or embedded? (n=217)

No

Identifying and supporting diversely-prepared students--General Description

Does your institution identify students who may need additional writing support, including students whose primary language is not English? (n=220)

Yes

How does the institution identify these students? (n=157)

Placement Test

What types of supports are available to these students? (n=161)

Required basic writing course

Peer tutoring

Identifying and supporting diversely-prepared students--Basic Writing

Does the institution have a formal basic writing program? (n=154)

Yes

How are students placed into basic writing? (n=127)

Placement test

How do students exit basic writing? (n=125)

Passing grade in BW course

Is there a director of basic writing? (n=127)

No

What is the structure of the basic writing program? (n=125)

Stretch model

Mainstreaming model

What is the curriculum of the basic writing courses? (n=126)

Grammar

Sentence writing

Paragraph writing

Reading and writing

Identifying and supporting diversely-prepared students--Support for English Language Learners (ELLs)

Is there support for English Language Learners (ELLs)? (n=144)

Yes

Is support for ELLs separate from basic writing? (n=126)

Yes

What type of supports are available for ELLs? (n=124)

Required section of basic writing course

Peer tutoring

Does your institution offer ELL writing classes? (n=125)

Yes

How are students identified and/or placed into ELL writing courses? (n=76)

Placement test

What is the institutional home of the ELL writing courses? (n=80)

Intensive English program

Writing across the curriculum (WAC) and writing beyond the first year--General Description

Does your institution have a WAC/WID program and/or a writing requirement beyond the first year? (n=203)

No

Writing centers--General description

Does your institution have a writing center or learning center with writing tutors? (n=219)

Yes

Is the writing center free-standing or part of another institutional unit? (n=157)

Part of another institutional unit

If the writing center is not free-standing, what larger institutional unit is it a part of? (n=105)

Learning center

Where is the writing center located? *Note: From this point on, writing center refers to both free-standing and those located within another unit. (n=157)

Academic building

Is there a mission statement for the writing center? (n=153)

Yes

Are there explicit goals for the writing center? (n=152)

Yes

How are the goals assessed? (n=104)

Student feedback forms

Faculty feedback

Center usage statistics

What services does the writing center offer? (n=155)

Face-to-face consultations

Online tutoring via Skype or instant messaging (synchronous)

Tutoring in other subject areas

Writing centers--Consultations

How many face-to-face consultations were conducted in the Fall of 2012? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=83)

3,000

How many face-to-face consultations were conducted in the Spring of 2013? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=85)

3,000

How many face-to-face consultations were conducted in the Summer of 2013? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=84)

600

How many online consultations were offered in the Fall of 2012? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=60)

0

How many online consultations were offered in the Spring of 2013? See Notes 2b & 4.(n=63)

0

How many online consultations were offered in the Summer of 2013? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=64)

0

How many online consultations were conducted in the Fall of 2012? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=82)

0

How many online consultations were conducted in the Spring of 2013? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=83)

0

How many online consultations were conducted in the Summer of 2013? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=82)

0

What is the average length of a consultation or tutorial session offered? (n=143)

30 minutes

Writing centers--Consultants

Are your writing center consultants undergraduate students? (n=127)

No

Are your writing center consultants faculty who teach in the writing program? (n=127)

No

Are your writing center consultants faculty who teach in other academic departments? (n=127)

No

Are your writing center consultants professional tutors? (n=127)

Yes

Are your writing center consultants volunteers? (n=127)

No

Do you have others working as writing consultants? (n=127)

No

During the fall of 2012, approximately how many writing center consultants were professional tutors? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=68)

35

During the fall of 2012, what percentage of the writing center consultants were professional tutors? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=68)

100

During the spring of 2013, approximately how many writing center consultants were professional tutors? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=65)

35

During the spring of 2013, what percentage of the writing center consultants were professional tutors? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=65)

100

How are consultants working in the writing center initally trained?

Undergraduate students (n=90)Faculty who teach in the writing program (n=77)Faculty who teach in other academic departments (n=21)Professional tutors (n=71)
Full-credit course
Half-credit course
Weekly meetings
Monthly meetingsYes
Workshops before the semesterYes
No training required
Other

What on-going professional development opportunities are offered for consultants working in the writing center?

Undergraduate students (n=78)Faculty who teach in the writing program (n=70)Faculty who teach in other academic departments (n=19)Professional tutors (n=66)
Attendance at national conferences
Attendance at regional conferencesYes
Presenting at national conferences
Presenting at regional conferences
Reading professional journalsYes
Outside speakers
Weekly meetings
Semester inservice or workshopYes
Written reflections on daily and/or semester work
Meet with directorYes
No opportunities available
Other

How are consultants working in the writing center compensated?

Undergraduate students (n=96)Faculty who teach in the writing program (n=85)Faculty who teach in other academic departments (n=31)Professional tutors (n=80)
Hourly wageYesYesYesYes
Stipend
Tuition waver
Course credit
Faculty salary
Release time
Other

Writing centers--Course-based Peer Tutoring

Does your institution have a writing fellows program (course-based peer tutoring)? (n=143)

Yes

How old is the writing fellows program? (n=24)

20+ years

How is the writing fellows program funded? (n=24)

Writing center budget

Do the writing fellows work both as fellows and in the writing center? (n=21)

Writing fellows and writing center tutors are two separate groups

Do the writing fellows regularly attend the class they are assigned to work with? (n=22)

No

On average, how many students does each writing fellow work with for a course? (n=18)

4

How are the writing fellows compensated? (n=20)

Hourly wage

Administrative Structures

Who has primary responsibility for administering the writing/learning center? (n=139)

Separate writing center director or coordinator (WCD)

How is the WCD or LCD position classified? (n=87)

Hybrid Faculty/Staff-PT

To whom does the WCD or LCD report? (n=85)

Associate dean or provost

Was the WCD or LCD director hired for this position? (n=86)

Yes

Are there others who help to administer the writing center? (n=115)

No

What are the job responsibilities for writing administrators?

FYWD (n=14)WAC director (n=8)WCD (n=85)
Teach courses in the first-year writing programYes
Teach courses in the writing program/department (not FYW)
Teach courses outside the writing program/department
Assess all or some aspects of the writing program
Assess the development of student writing on campus
Conduct faculty development with faculty across the disciplines
Consult with individual faculty across the disciplinesYes
Consult with departments across the disciplinesYes
Supervise professional staff (writing center director, asst.director, admin asst.)
Supervise tutors (professional and/or peer)Yes
Hire professional staffYes
Hire tutorsYes
Schedule writing courses
Schedule writing center
Place students into writing courses
Facilitate placement exam
Oversee curriculum development
Train professional staffYes
Train peer tutorsYes
Advertise programYes
Oversee program budgetYes
Tutor studentsYes
Plan eventsYes
Serve on university committeesYes
Maintain program websiteYes
Serve as an academic advisor
Offer student workshopsYes
Oversee exemption and/or transfer credit
Other