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Mission and Objectives

Mission Statement

The Writing Center (TWC) makes it our mission to work as a team with the IU Southeast teaching and learning community to assist in student recruitment, retention, and success by providing educated and nurturing writing conversations in one-on-one consultations, workshops, class visits, and website resources that improve the writing knowledge and confidence of our students in all discipline. Our overall mission is to create “stronger writers” at IU Southeast.

Values Statement

For Students:

TWC values all IU Southeast students who want assistance with writing skills, and we are committed to enabling these students to write with more clarity. We value students who have allowed enough time to complete an assignment and who do their own work, but seek help. For those students, we offer a relaxed atmosphere and a less structured environment.

For Instructors:

TWC values professors who give clear, level-appropriate writing assignments and specify documentation styles. We appreciate professors who recommend our services to students rather than require them to use our services.

Vision Statement

For Students:

Two full-time professional consultants along with student consultants will staff TWC. Any student who needs help with his or her writing will get assistance from the consultants in person, by phone, or by e-mail.

For Instructors:

The Writing Center will assist instructors in developing level-appropriate writing assignments for their students. The Center’s consultants are available to visit instructors’ classrooms to conduct workshops or assist in instruction. In addition, The Writing Center itself will be available to instructors who want to use the facilities for computer-aided writing instruction. Scheduling can be done by calling (812) 941-2498 or emailing iuswrite@ius.edu

For the Center:

The Writing Center itself will be available to instructors who want to use the facilities for computer-aided writing instructions. The classes of writing instructors who most heavily use the Center will be assigned to the classroom that adjoins the Center. The Center has a consultation desk in the new library so students from that part of campus can get immediate assistance with their papers.

The Writing Center (TWC) Learning Outcomes

All IU Southeast students should -
  • Free writing guidance is provided, with or without an appointment, to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Consultants offer assistance and feedback for all writing projects at any stage of development, from brainstorming topics to thoughts on final drafts.
  • Consultants welcome writers of all backgrounds and abilities.
  • The location of the F2F Center as well as the Online Writing Lab (OWL), which includes information and resources.
  • The ways to seek writing assistance from TWC: Live Chat, Skype™, e-mail, telephone, or in-person in Knobview 237.
All IU southeast students who have visited TWC should-
  • Value of a writing conversation when creating or revising any document.
  • Importance of preparing for a consultation: Bring assignment sheet or directions, copies of drafts, copies of sources, notes from class, and a positive attitude.
  • Distinction between phrases of the writing process, which writing skills, and which portions of their writing sample on which to focus during the consultation.
  • Incorporation of writing suggestions offered during a consultation.
  • Next steps in the writing process.
  • Difference between proofreading and revision strategies.
  • Location and application of documentation guidelines as needed.
  • Writing process often requires multiple drafts.
  • Mission of TWC: “Stronger writers.”
  • Value of confidence in completing a range of writing tasks.
All students who attend First-year Seminar (FYS) orientation should be able to explain the following regarding TWC:
  • Basic information about TWC (hours, locations, phone number, and all ways that students can seek a writing conversation in TWC).
  • Writing consultations are free and require no appointment.
  • Preparation for and the process of a writing center consultation.
  • Location of TWC website (OWL) with information regarding writing for their classes.
  • TWC is a place where all students should come for friendly, constructive writing guidance and feedback for all writing projects.
  • The mission of TWC: “Stronger Writers.”