Research and Development
About SWCA R&D
The SWCA Research & Development (R&D) Committee is focused on using institutional and organizational research to provide enhanced resources and opportunities for members of the writing center community.
The SWCA R&D Committee is gathering and analyzing data focused on the development of a certification process. Reports and updates will be available here as the process progresses.
2017: Launched SWCA-wide survey to gather information on certification planning and programs
2017: Analyzed data focused on pilot certification planning and programs. See the manuscript below for an overview and analysis of the pilot phase:
2017: Launched pilot certification process with two SWCA-member institutions
2017: Invited audio reflection from two SWCA-member institutions based on experience with certification pilot program
2017: Launched v 1.1 of certification rubrics and tools (available below in Resources)
2018: Designed and conducted focus group interviews regarding value added through regional organization (SWCA) certification process
2018: Shared research and update on certification design process at SWCA 2018. See slides linked below:
2018: Announced centers certified through pilot program
2018: Launched updated certification process for 2018-2019 (2.0)
2018: Analyzed data regarding value-added SWCA certification interviews
Carpenter, Russell, Scott Whiddon, and Courtnie Morin. “‘For Writing Centers, By Writing Centers’: A New Model for Certification via Regional Organizations.” WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. 42.1-2 (2017). 2-9. Access here.
2019: Launch full-scale certification for all interested centers at Myrtle Beach SWCA conference.
2019: Analyzed data focused on certification planning and programs. See the manuscript below for an overview of research collection during phase two:
2019: Shared research and update on certification design process at SWCA 2019. See slides linked below:
Learn More About Certification
The SWCA R&D Committee invites centers to apply for certification during the 2018-2019 year. Certification applications are welcomed on a rolling basis. Centers receiving certification during the 2018-2019 year will be acknowledged at the 2019 SWCA conference. Representatives from SWCA certified centers will be invited to contribute to future research and development efforts.
The 2019-2020 certification application is available here.
About the SWCA Certification Review Process
Each certification application will be reviewed by two members of the SWCA R&D committee. Reviewers will read and evaluate materials based on the annual review cycle.
Annual Review Cycle
Pre-selected centers can submit their applications for review by the following dates each year by completing the brief Intent to Apply form.
The annual review and recertification process includes three cycles (A-C). Potential certification applicants must notify the Chair of the R&D committee of the intent to apply by December 10 of the preceding year. The process will be coordinated in the order in which notifications are received.
Duration and Recertification
SWCA certification through CARE Program is valid for five years. At the four-year mark, certified centers due for recertification are notified based on the application cycle. Centers will be notified of the need to recertify in year four; recertification statements will be due one year from that mark during the fifth year.
Center Innovation Funds
Certified centers can request $250 in Center Innovation Funds upon receipt of certification approval. Center Innovation Funds can be used for your center in ways that promote professional development and continued enhancement of center initiatives.
Please contact Dr. Russell Carpenter, SWCA Research & Development Committee Chair, with any questions or for more information about the 2018-2019 certification process.
2019-2020 R&D Committee and Researchers
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2018 SWCA Conference | Richmond, VA