Stockton Writing Center Pilot Project
Matt Moberly – English/Writing Center
Paula Barrington-Schmidt – English/Writing Center
- Stockton Center Students didn't have regular access to writing tutoring.
- Working with the Stockton Center, Extended Education, the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, we created a pilot hybrid physical/online writing center at the Stockton Center.
- Secured a location
- Hired five tutors and a coordinator. The coordinator and one tutor spent a majority of their time at the Stockton Center
- Offered twenty hours of tutoring per week throughout the semester
- Conducted assessment over Summer 2014
Qualtrics Student Satisfaction Survey
- Students overwhelmingly preferred online hours
- Most sessions were spent on WPST prep
- Students wanted longer sessions (60 min vs. 30 min)
Did the pilot increase student success?
- Yes! Most students who came to us for WPST tutoring passed the exam
- Those students who did not pass started preparing for the exam close to the exam date
- Students reported that their tutoring sessions were helpful
- Every student made multiple appointments
- Current enrollments and usage trends indicated that an online writing center made the most sense for now.
- Interdepartmental collaboration is important but sometimes unexpectedly complicated (space, paperwork, communication).
- Long-term considerations:
- Conducting a student support needs assessment would be helpful for strategic planning as the Stockton Center grows
- Establishing permanent student support services presence at the Stockton Center may be advisable as the Stockton Center grows.