This past summer, in advance of the 2014 – 2015 academic year, SVA’s Writing Resource Center moved locations from the lower level of 133/141 West 21st Street to to the ninth floor of the College’s building at 132 West 21st Street, where it now operates from a loft-like, light-filled space with three exposures, 30 computer workstations, a “smart” classroom and three private tutoring rooms. In addition to the new space, the center has increased the number of tutors available to students; they now include master’s degree candidates in the College’s writing-focused graduate programs.
In keeping with its commitment to providing a well rounded education, SVA requires that all undergraduates complete two writing-intensive courses (unless they have already taken such courses at the college level), as well as pass a writing proficiency exam. The Writing Resource Center coordinates this exam’s administration, and also offers a welcoming space for students to work on their class assignments, artist statements, grant applications, résumés and cover letters. In recent years, the College’s growing international ESL population as contributed to demand for the center’s services; last academic year, the center logged over 12,000 visits and 1,125 tutoring sessions.
Neil Friedland, the Writing Resource Center’s longtime director, expects this trend to continue, particularly given the new location. “When people begin to see this, it’s going to really fill up,” he says.
For more information, visit writingresourcecenter.com.