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In keeping with the Rhode Island College mission statement, which asserts that the College is committed to the intellectual growth and development of students, the Writing Center's goal is to work with writers to explore and develop their ideas, to become aware of the needs of their readers, and to learn the rhetorical and syntactical strategies necessary for effective communication. The staff works with students at all levels and in all disciplines, and the Center's services are available to all members of the College community and occasionally to community groups as well.
Because students are usually more comfortable working with other students, the staff is comprised of peer tutors. These students complete extensive training in composition theory. Since the tutors recognize that there are many different learning styles, they are equipped to offer a variety of strategies in either one-to-one or group tutorials. The emphasis is on individual growth from writing experience to writing experience rather than on the individual paper.
In addition to working with students, the Center also provides tutorial services to staff and faculty and supports writing initiatives throughout the academic community. The director is a permanent member of the Writing Board and works closely with the director of the Writing Program as well as with faculty from all departments to promote writing in the disciplines. As part of this mission, the director also maintains a writing resource library for faculty, staff, and students and is available as a resource to anyone at Rhode Island College.