Queen's University

Writing Centre evolves to meet student needs

 
2012-01-19

The Writing Centre is increasing its focus on its core mandate, providing programs and one-on-one academic writing tutoring for undergraduate and graduate students. For-credit academic writing courses will be offered through the Faculty of Arts and Science.

“The university recognizes the enormous impact the Writing Centre can have on student success,” says Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “As demand for tutoring increases, we want to make sure the services are easy to access and responsive to student needs.”

The university’s Academic Plan 2011 highlights the critical importance of academic writing for student success. Offering the for-credit writing courses under the academic umbrella of the Faculty of Arts and Science will facilitate the greater integration of academic writing into the curriculum.

The Writing Centre is now part of Student Affairs and its programs will be further integrated with other learning support as part of the Queen's Learning Commons (QLC) on the main floor of Stauffer Library.

“Students have benefited from a great range of academic support services in the QLC partnership, and the Writing Centre and Student Affairs have both been a huge part of that success," says University Librarian Martha Whitehead. "It's exciting to think of the new ways we can all work together to help students achieve their academic goals."

The Writing Centre’s director, Doug Babington, retired December 31. Maureen Garvie is the Interim Manager. Ms Garvie is well known for her many contributions to the Writing Centre and her wealth of experience will ensure a smooth transition.

“I want to thank Dr. Babington for his many years of service to Queen’s and Queen’s students, and recognize his leadership in building the Writing Centre into the valuable resource it is today,” says Provost Harrison. “The Centre is well positioned to continue supporting students in this critical element of their academic development.”

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