Recently, the Writing Center conducted a study to explore what impact the study
had on student success. While the Writing Center serves writers from all
disciplines, limitations in our sample meant that for this set of data, we were
only able to assess the Writing Center’s impact on English classes. Here is
what we found.
Across students from Engl 360, 251, 1, and 2, we found that students who
attended the Writing Center were almost 25% more likely to pass their English
classes than students who did not. Moreover, students who attended the Writing
Center were approximately 25% more likely to complete their English classes than
students who did not.
These results seem more significant when we look at the grades earned by Writing
Center students compared to students who did not attend the Writing Center.
Students who attended the Writing Center were more likely to earn an A than any
other grade, more likely to earn a B than any grade after that, and more likely
to earn a C than any other grade after that. Withdrawing from or dropping the
class were the least likely outcomes for Writing Center students.
We hope to continue our research to examine the Writing Center’s effects on
classes outside of the English department, but this study shows a significant
( p = 0.000 for Engl 360, 251, and 1; p = 0.001 for Engl 2)
correlation between Writing Center usage and student success and retention.