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April 2, 2009 -- The University Writing Center (UWC) had a record quarter this winter and is on pace to have a record year.
The center conducted 2,370 sessions this Winter quarter, surpassing the previous Winter quarter record of 2,230 in Winter of 2005. The 2,370 sessions represents a 34% increase in service volume over last Winter quarter.
The Writing Center also saw a record number of students for Winter quarter. Seven hundred and seventeen students used Writing Center services this past winter, exceeding the Winter quarter record of 701 students also set in 2005. The 717 students served this winter represents a 31% increase over last Winter quarter.
The Writing Center has conducted nearly 5,500 sessions already this year, eclipsing the service volume of the entire 2006-07 academic year, and putting it on pace to break its previous service record of nearly 7,000 sessions.
The center's director, David Bringhurst, attributes the center's success to its student writing consultants, but worries that budget pressure could negatively impact service levels. "Our writing consultants are doing a heroic job meeting demand for our services right now. Unfortunately, budget pressures, which are always an issue, look like they will only increase. That could have a negative impact on both the quantity and quality of our services."
This threat to the Writing Center's services is likely of concern to the university because of the direct relationship between Writing Center services and student retention. A recent study of the 2006-07 cohort showed that students who attended Writing Center sessions were retained to the second year at a 5.1% higher rate* than students who did not use the center.
*Note: This is a correction based on new data. An earlier report showed a 4% increase.