The Writing Center at UVa-Wise and the Wise Writes program are both dedicated to improving the capability and quality of students and faculty’s writing.
Though both programs are tailored to this goal, they are not one and the same.
Wise Writes is a result of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) created last year. The QEP is a required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for colleges to devise a plan for these colleges to improve in various areas. SACS is a crediting body, which visits college campuses regularly in order to ensure certain standards and procedures are being met on these campuses and to find areas in which these colleges can and should improve.
The Director of Wise Writes, Dr. Dotson, emphasized the specific role her program holds. “Basically its about faculty doing workshops and visiting classes”, Dotson stated. “It’s about writing in the disciplines and focuses on upper-level classes”. The program is largely focused on providing the added infrastructure to faculty to allow them to be more effective in guiding their students through the writing process. Wise Writes tries to accommodate faculty through workshops and by visiting their classes.
The Writing Center supports Wise Writes and focuses on the student body. The tutors working for the Writing Center have all trained with Dr. Dotson, and one of Wise Writes goals was to expand the general infrastructure of the Writing center, including number of tutors and space.
The Writing Center’s hours of operation are from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to noon on Fridays and Sunday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All students are encouraged and welcome to visit the Writing Center at any of these times.
Clarification (Nov. 30, 2016): The Writing Center and the newly-implemented Wise Writes program is not a single entity at UVa-Wise. Wise Writes and the Writing Center are two separate entities which are cooperating on the goal of improving students’ writing ability across all academic disciplines at UVa-Wise.
Wise Writes program director Dr. Emily Dotson and Writing Center Director Cyndi Newlon each told ‘The Highland Cavalier’ that their respective organizations were separate and partnering toward the program’s objectives.
The Writing Center was established to help students in their writing assignments and work to help improve their grades. Wise Writes is focused on student writing in academic disciplines and grants instructors the assistance they need in effectively demonstrating the methods by which their specific discipline writes.