Excel Writing Center

Our Mission

We believe writing enables us to learn deeply, to think clearly, and to join the human conversation with confidence and authority. The Writing Center exists to promote excellence in writing and success in students' academic careers. We extend our services to our student writers, to our peer consultants, and to our University community.

To Our Student Writers - Because writers' needs are highly individualized, The Writing Center favors one-to-one or small group conferences, either in person or online. In our approach, we promote learning and critical thinking by helping writers focus on issues of meaning and by involving them in reflection on their own work. By building collaborative peer relations with student writers, we help students gain confidence, articulate ideas, acquire strategies, and learn the skills to engage effectively in their writing processes.

To Our Consultants - In addition to pursuing the same goals among ourselves as we do with all writers, The Writing Center supports the growth of our staff by encouraging a theoretical understanding of writing and critical, reflective consulting practices. The Writing Center facilitates conversations among peers, encourages continued intellectual curiosity and research, and supports communication and participation with the wider Writing Center community and beyond.

To Our Faculty - In support of faculty efforts to promote a wide array disciplinary literacies across the university, The Writing Center collaborates with faculty to support student learning both in and out of the classroom through classroom workshops, presentations, and classroom-based group conferences. We aim to collaborate with faculty across the campus about writing, the teaching and assessing of writing, and the supporting of writing across the curriculum. We work with faculty to enhance students' understanding of writing as a way of knowing that is at once particular to individual discourse communities while also widely transferable across varied contexts and rhetorical situations. 

To Our University Community - In support of writers entering the academic community, The Writing Center brings writers together with peer consultants to discuss the nature and presentation of ideas. The Writing Center serves as a site of literacy instruction within the University, providing support to student writers of all disciplines and abilities. We intentionally support the University mission through our efforts to encourage student success, to recruit and retain excellent students, and to support institutional evaluation and assessment.

Excel Writing Center
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Phone: (719) 255-4336 | Location: Columbine Hall 316
Director: Matthew Balk, Ph.D. | Phone: (719) 255-4335 | mbalk@uccs.edu