A Center for Excellence in Writing (CEW) will foster excellence in writing and writing instruction across the university by combining and extending existing writing services.
The Center will serve as an intellectual foundation for writing research, teaching, practice, and assessment, and for providing tutorial and workshop assistance to students. In particular, it will:
At the same time, it will have a major impact on significant UB metrics goals, namely to:
As a research-1 institution, UB should have a research-based and rigorous writing center. It is currently one of only two AAU universities without a writing center for at least its undergraduate population, and the great majority of AAU institutions have writing centers that serve graduate students and faculty as well as undergraduates. Moreover, in 2008, the UB Faculty Senate unanimously approved a proposal to create a Writing Center. Particularly as our tuition fees rise, students will expect that UB’s instructional services be comparable to those at peer institutions. A writing center will help shape a campus culture of excellence in writing.