The mission of the Hortense Parrish Writing Center is to support students in all phases of the writing process and to help them become better editors and writers and more informed world citizens. Three areas of focus for learning/program outcomes are as follows: in communication skills (demonstrating skills in reading, writing, and thinking critically and creatively), in information literacy (knowing when information is needed and having the ability to locate, evaluate, and use the needed information), and in global awareness (improving cross cultural understanding, international awareness, and appreciation of one's own culture).
The Writing Center fulfills its mission through offering individualized tutoring from experienced writing consultants who hold undergraduate and graduate degrees and from selected and skilled undergraduate student assistants. Additionally, the Writing Center fosters the growth of individual writers and serves as an academic support service through offering writing workshops, roundtable discussions, computer workshops, special presentations from invited professionals, orientation sessions for both individuals and classes, basic skills review, and Talk Time, an outreach program for non-native speakers of English. The center's online presence enables students in both on-campus and off-campus locations to access some of the support services offered through the Online Writing Center (OWL) and the Web pages.