Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Arizona’s Writing Skills Improvement Program (WSIP) is four-fold:
  1. To provide superior training, mentoring, and guidance to all undergraduate and graduate University of Arizona students, faculty, and staff to improve their academic, professional, and personal writing abilities.
  2. To serve as a community resource for high-school students and middle- and high-school tutors, providing tools to improve their writing and critical thinking skills.
  3. To build general confidence and overall academic competence in our participants no matter their linguistic, cultural, or socio-economic backgrounds.
  4. To offer professional editing services.


WSIP promotes Rapport, Respect, Relationship with all students and clients. Rapport means getting to know individuals’ strengths and weaknesses, challenges and goals. Respect means we value everyone’s writing and never take their voice away. Relationship means because good writing is hard work and takes time, we expect our students and clients to meet with us regularly on a long-term basis.

WSIP Vision

The Writing Skills Improvement Program will

  • Utilize a student-centered tutoring approach
  • Expand tutoring, workshop and professional development services
  • Increase number of students and clients served
  • Diversify its student population
  • Serve its students and clients in a supportive, friendly environment
  • Encourage students and clients to express their voice
  • Connect to the university and to the greater Tucson community.

As WSIP enters its 5th decade in existence and continues to grow, it will keep in mind the four pillars of The University of Arizona’s Never Settle philosophy: engaging, innovating, partnering, and synergy to insure that our programs support diversity in all its forms and provide students with the skills required to become lifelong learners. Through our writing workshops, tutoring, and summer institutes, we guide all of our students and clients in their acquisition of analytical skills, enhanced critical thinking, improved writing abilities, transcultural communication, and global awareness that includes understanding of diverse skills in languages, literatures, and cultures.