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SUSTAINING WRITING CENTERS


While the economic sustainability of writing centers poses a unique and real problem with educational budget cuts, there remains another valid issue that requires attention: the center's visual rhetoric. Budgets will only sustain a writing center that attracts and engages students. In this digital age, most everyone envisons the topic of "visual rhetoric" as diverse arrays of textual composition. They may not consider the visual rhetoric of the "space" in which that composition occurs nor the affects of that space on composing. In actuality, the visual rhetoric of the space of a writing center sustains the mission of the writing center by offering a visually progressive place for composition to occur, thus meriting continued financial support.

"Designers need to understand how spaces affect individuals so they can design spaces that counter-balance the chaos and stress of everyday life and create environments of personal well-being."

Nancy Kwallek, Ph.D                         .




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