THE UNIVERSITY OF NIZWA
WRITING CENTER
EXPANSION
Presented to the U.A.C.: February 28th 2012
By: Derek M.N. O’Connell
Director of TWC
TWC EXPANSION 2012
VISION
The Writing Center will be recognized as an educational facility that provides quality
instruction and academic support across all disciplines to further develop student’s
diverse writing abilities.
MISSION
The Writing Center will cater primarily to academic students
currently enrolled in their degree programs that need to improve
their English, Arabic, and other essential languages proficiency in
writing.
The Writing Center is a learning support service designed to
promote a dynamic writing culture for students. The center will
aim to improve student writing composition skills, reinforce quality
study habits, support critical thinking, and encourage creativity
and innovation. The Writing Center’s programs, services, and
extracurricular activities will reflect the Islamic and cultural values
embraced by the Sultanate of Oman in order to assist in the
development of quality graduates.
OBJECTIVES
1. Promote quality academic writing skills and habits
2. Design innovative programs and services conducive to writing
3. Promote academic excellence and integrity
4. Enhance the development of peer tutorial mentoring
5. Build professional affiliations with international and regional writing centers
“On the other hand, a positive aspect of the University’s academic support for students
is its dedicated and heavily utilized Writing Centre”. -OAAA, 2011
CORE VALUES OF TWC
Learning
and
Innovation
Teamwork
and
Collaboration
Respect and
Understanding
The
Promotion of
Writing
Academic
Excellence
TWC EMPHASIZES ACADEMIC SUPPORT GEARED TOWARDS:
1. Writing
2. Reading Comprehension
3. Vocabulary Acquisition
COMPOSITION OF TWC STEERING BOARD
Academic
Advisor to the
Chancellor
(Vice Chair)
Assistant Dean
for
Undergraduate
Studies CAS
Director of TWC
(Convener)
TWC Supervisor
(Provisional
Appt.)
Assistant Dean
for
Undergraduate
Studies CEA
Vice
Chancellor for
Academic
Affairs
(Chair)
Assistant Dean
for
Undergraduate
Studies CPN
Director of
Student Support
Fund
Director of the
UoN Library
Assistant Dean
for Academic
Affairs CEMIS
TWC MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE
TRANSFERABLE FRAMEWORK AND CURRICULUM
Workshops
Academic
Consultations
Peer Tutorials
Conversation
Sessions
OMAN ACADEMIC ACCREDITATION AUTHORITY (O.A.A.A.)
“The Oman Academic Accreditation Authority commends
the University of Nizwa for the establishment of its Writing
Centre as a well-planned, dedicated facility to support
student learning and promote academic excellence”.
- Page 9 of UoN Report of Audit by OAAA, 2011
CORE TWC PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
TWC HAS PRODUCED EXCEPTIONAL RESULTS
1. As of October 2011 TWC has received a distinctive
commendation from the Oman Academic Accreditation
Authority (OAAA)
2. As of February 26th 2012 TWC has surpassed 40,000
appointments in less than 3 ½ years
3. As of February 23rd 2012, the UoN Director of TWC has
been appointed as Vice President of MENAWCA for a two
year term.
4. Served as consultants for other academic institutions to
model in the Sultanate of Oman and within the G.C.C.
WE ARE DEDICATED SERVICING THE WRITING NEEDS OF STUDENTS AND BECOMING A
MINARET FOR OTHER WRITING CENTERS IN THE REGION TO FOLLOW AND EMULATE AS
THE UNIVERSITY OF NIZWA TWC CONTINUES TO GROW AND PROVIDE FURTHER
ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS THROUGH VARIOUS LANGUAGES.
Thank you for your time and consideration…
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The University of Nizwa Writing Center Expansion