The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation Supports Yale Writing Center

A tutor works with students at Yale’s Writing Center.

Upholding a great tradition of undergraduate education, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Inc. has made a major contribution to the Writing Center at Yale. The University has worked to strengthen writing instruction, along with other elements of its superlative liberal arts education, since a comprehensive review by the Committee on Yale College Education in 2003. These initiatives are at the center of the Yale Tomorrow campaign.

Since 1983, the Newhouse Foundation has provided important financial support for writing instruction at Yale. This latest gift will broaden and deepen the Writing Center as it evolves to meet increasing demand and a growing student body.

The center offers support to both students and faculty through a variety of resources. In addition to the popular residential college writing tutors program, the center coordinates the Yale Journalism Initiative and provides guidance to international students learning the nuances of writing in a second language.  It also trains faculty to teach writing-across-the-curriculum courses, which allow undergraduates to develop their writing skills while exploring subjects in the humanities, the social sciences, and science.

The Newhouse Foundation’s generosity comes at an important time. According to Alfred E. Guy, Jr., the R.W.B. Lewis Director, this past year the center offered 800 more writing tutorials than last year and provided faculty training for over 200 different writing classes that span forty departments. Increased funding will support new staff, teacher training, and course development to meet these growing needs.

Guy said, “Students and faculty are engaged in a fuller discussion of writing than at any time in Yale’s recent history. The Newhouse Foundation’s generosity will ensure that we can foster this growing commitment to excellence in writing as the College plans for expansion.”

(August 25, 2008)

August 25, 2008