Writing Lab Annual Reports
The Writing Lab's annual report contains information and statistics about Writing Lab and Online Writing Lab (OWL) use, clients, special projects, and research in a given academic year.
A brief snapshot of the current year's report is below, but you can also download the complete 2015-2016 annual report as a PDF. Copies of past reports, the Writing Lab's strategic plan, and annual English as a Second Language (ESL) reports can also be found below.
The Purdue Writing Lab Annual Report for May 18, 2015 to May 7, 2016, describes the Lab’s services and users as well as staff responsibilities, research, and engagement. The Writing Lab and its 21 graduate and 24 undergraduate tutors served the Purdue West Lafayette campus at four locations (one main and three satellites). The main location and satellites of the Writing Lab were used over 6,136 times by over 2,000 individual clients. Users of in-Lab consultations came from more than 50 countries. The Lab also maintained Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) website, which served 304,639,342 pageviews worldwide and responded to 2,156 individual questions via our OWL Mail service. The Writing Lab has continued to offer special services to multilingual writers, as well as workshops and outreach for all university writers. Writing Lab staff were involved in 10 conference presentations and 3 publications this year.
Here is a brief summary listing the numbers of consultations and other services provided over the past year.
Heavilon Hall Writing Lab
Number of total visits: 4,950 visits
ESL Conversation Groups: 385 visits
In-Lab/In-Class Workshops: 33 workshops attended by 451 students
Materials and Electrical Engineering Building Satellite Writing Lab (Fall Only)
One-to-one consultations: 46 sessions
Mechanical Engineering Building Satellite Writing Lab (Spring Only)
One-to-one consultations: 125 sessions
Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education Library Satellite Writing Lab
One-to-one consultations: 116 sessions
Latino Cultural Center Satellite Writing Lab
One-to-one consultations: 63 sessions
In Spring 2016, the Writing Lab switched to an online appointment-making and recordkeeping system, WCOnline. This platform also includes the capability for students and tutors to conduct online sessions, and the Writing Lab began piloting this new way of reaching our on-campus students during the spring, with additional offerings in summer 2016. Two types of online tutoring are now offered by the Writing Lab: synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Synchronous tutoring allows a tutor and client to communicate via a text chat box while reviewing the document. Asynchronous tutoring allows a tutor to review and make comments on a document that is then sent back to the student by the end of the appointment time. Both forms of online tutoring will be fully implemented in the 2016-2017 academic year and will be only available to the Purdue community who can access WCOnline with a career account log-in.
Online Writing Lab
In the 2015-2016 academic year, the OWL served 304,649,342 page views.
Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) received 1,734 formal requests for links during the 2015-2016 academic year. The OWL is content-rich, offering student-centered materials addressing many different aspects of the writing process: brainstorming, citation, usage, style, grammar, English as a Second Language (ESL) writing, and discipline-specific writing concerns. The OWL offers specific materials that instructors around the world can use to supplement their teaching at other colleges, universities, and K-12. Although the OWL Mail service allows users to email quick questions about writing that are answered by the Writing Lab’s tutoring staff (they responded to 2,156 questions this academic year alone), we have discontinued its use because it was pulling resources and tutoring time away from our own on-campus audience. OWL Mail was addressing questions that could be taken up by local writing centers at other colleges, universities, and high schools. We provide page viewers with links to a site that can help them find those local resources.
Previous Years' Annual Reports
2014-2015 Annual Report (PDF)
2013-2014 Annual Report (PDF)
2012-2013 Annual Report (PDF)
2011-2012 Annual Report (PDF)
2010-2011 Annual Report (PDF)
2009-2010 Annual Report (PDF)
2008-2009 Annual Report (PDF)
2007-2008 Annual Report (PDF)
2006-2007 Annual Report (PDF)
2005-2006 Annual Report. (PDF)
2004-2005 Annual Report (PDF)
2003-2004 Annual Report (PDF)
2002-2003 Annual Report (PDF)
2001-2002 Annual Report (PDF)
1999-2000 Annual Report (PDF)
1998-1999 Annual Report (PDF)
1997-1998 Annual Report (PDF)
1996-1997 Annual Report (PDF)
1995-1996 Annual Report (PDF)
1994-1995 Annual Report (PDF)
1993-1994 Annual Report (PDF)
1997-1992 Annual Report (PDF)
1990-1991 Annual Report (PDF)
Summer 1993 Report (PDF)
Summer 1992 Report (PDF)
Summer 1991 Report (PDF)
Writing Lab Strategic Plan
ESL & Online Writing Lab (OWL) Reports
2015-2016 ESL Report (PDF)
2014-2015 ESL Report (PDF)
2013-2014 ESL Report (PDF)
2012-2013 ESL Report (PDF)