University Writing Center Purpose and Philosophy
The University of Texas-Pan American Writing Center is a campus facility where students and faculty may find support and assistance with their writing needs. The Writing Center's purpose is to help writers gain skills to improve their writing and acquire confidence in their judgments about writing. The UWC strives to support the writing needs of all levels of the university community so as to enable students, faculty, and staff to meet their writing goals, to promote an appreciation of writing across the campus, and to enhance the university community's ability to communicate effectively and efficiently in writing. These endeavors contribute to the achievement of the university's mission.
The UWC provides assistance through the philosophy of peer tutoring, i.e., informed and trained students helping students. Trained graduate and undergraduate tutors from across the disciplines help students at any stage of the writing process from brainstorming a topic to revising the final version of a paper. The center offers writing assistance for undergraduate and graduate students, university staff personnel, and university faculty. While the tutors will assist the student in revision and editing strategies, the tutors' primary focus is to help the student to become a more confident and effective writer. To this purpose, the writer becomes the center of the tutorial session rather than the text the writer brings for evaluation.
The UWC initiated a weekend online writing service in the fall term of 2003. Students may use the on-line service from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon when the UWC campus facility is closed.
The University Writing Center, serving all levels of the university community, is supported jointly by the UTPA Division of Academic Affairs and the Division of Enrollment and Student Services.