Date: November 1, 2007
Contact: Lindsay Gladstone
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-7090
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, IL, November 1, 2007 – Representatives from nine area community colleges and universities recently met at Governors State University (GSU) in University Park to begin the discussion on how they can all better serve their students through effective, collaborative approaches to teaching writing and developing writing skills.
“I believe strongly in partnerships between GSU and the region’s community colleges. I see this meeting as a part of a renewed commitment to working with our educational partners,” said Dr. Elaine Maimon, President of Governors State University, in her welcoming remarks. “Our collaborative teaching of writing highlights that.”
Currently, Governors State University offers its students and the students of Kankakee Community College and Prairie State College a fast, concise review of their papers online through the GSU Writing Center. Students email completed papers to tutors who provide revision suggestions within 24 hours.
Representatives from DeVry University, Moraine Valley Community College, Trinity Christian College, and the University of St. Francis joined representatives from GSU, Kankakee Community College, and Prairie State to create a consortium that will, according to GSU Writing Center Coordinator Dr. Becky Nugent, “investigate the possibility that we will all work together to begin a south suburban college writing consortium, which will be open to all writing center personnel, writing teachers and students in the consortium.”
“The Writing Center offers convenient and easy access to tutors,” said Nugent. “This service enables students to get the guidance they need without having to come to the university, wait in line, or lose precious time. Improving students’ writing skills is the goal of each college. We hope to develop methods together that help all of our students succeed.”