As “writing across the curriculum” becomes a goal of teachers in all disciplines, the Writing Center stands ready to assist faculty members in making writing a productive part of their instruction.
We can help students with writing
If you are teaching a course that requires papers from your students, please let your students know that CADE’s Writing Center services are available. Our goal is to help students with writing processes with the goal of improving the overall development of the writing. You might wish to print out this handout that explains how we spend the time that we have with students.
If there are specific students who you think would benefit from our instruction, please recommend that they come to CADE to arrange for an appointment with a professional tutor. If you would like to discuss your students’ work at CADE's Writing Center, please contact us at 436-3010.
Please do not require students to come to the Writing Center. Their investment in their work with us is important for us to achieve success. Forcing the issue does not aid in development of such investment.
Please send them with a signed permission form. If you wish, you may grant permission to all or several of your students by using the blanket permission form.
We can help students with reading and study skills
Please let your students know that we have both peer and professional tutors. Our free peer tutoring program can assist students with comprehending content. Our professional tutor can help them with study and reading strategies.
Students should not be required to seek tutoring, but we do appreciate having faculty remind students of the availability of our services.
(from the Faculty Handbook)
Note: Pending Grades are not assigned at the graduate level.
The grade “PEN” indicates that the course work has been satisfactory
but there is some persistent inadequacy in writing or reading.
Instructors should refer a student to the Center for Academic
Development and Enrichment as soon as a problem is discovered and not wait to assign a “PEN” grade at the end of the term.
The “PEN” grade may be used when an instructor discovers a
specific skill deficiency (writing or reading) in a student’s work,
but not in place of an “E” or “I” grade. Students who receive a
“PEN” grade are required to start remediation during the next
semester in residence.
Pending grades may not be assigned in non-credit courses. When
a “PEN” grade is given in a course, the deadline for completion of
the course is identical to that given for an Incomplete, i.e., during
the semester following that in which the “PEN” was assigned. For
“PEN” grades assigned in the fall, the deadline is the last week
in April. For “PEN” grades assigned in the spring or summer,
the deadline is the last week in November. Failure to complete
“PEN” grades will result in a failing grade for the course. With
the student’s consent, an instructor may extend the “PEN” grade
whenever there is an educational advantage in doing so. This may
be accomplished by submitting an Extension of Incomplete form
with the Registrar, prior to the incomplete/pending deadline.
Instructors assigning “PEN” grades on grade sheets must complete
and attach a “Student Notification of Pending Grade” form,
providing a brief but clear written statement of the exact skill to
be mastered in order to pass the course. The Registrar will send a
copy of this form to the student and to the Writing Center.
What we can't do
We don’t do simple proofreading or editing. We offer instruction on writing processes, not last-minute grammar checking. We’ll gladly teach a student how to edit his or her own work, but our emphasis in conferences is usually on helping the student respond to an assignment, develop and organize your ideas, and write clearly. Please view this handout, which explains how we spend our time with students.
CADE'S Writing Center can help a student with work for almost any class, as well as with short, expository pieces of writing oriented toward the student's career (such as a resume, a cover letter, or a graduate school application essay). A permission form signed by the professor is required if the student is working on a paper for a course.
Writing consultations are limited to three per semester. After that, students are enrolled in a section of Comp 090, which is a non-credit bearing tutorial. This tutorial is free for full-time students.
We gratefully acknowledge The Writing Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison whose wording we appropriated in great measure for this site (with their permission, of course). J