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    Writing Center Utilization by Students with Disabilities by Ardell, Summer Christine

    This study determines rates of Colorado College Writing Center utilization by students registered with the Colorado Office of Accessibility Resources, their motivations for using the center, and identifies potential actionable improvements to how the Writing Center serves students with disabilities. Participants were purposefully sampled Colorado College students registered with the Office Accessibility Resources (OAR). Data was drawn from multiple sources: two quantitative utilization datasets; a mixed methods questionnaire; and qualitative interviews. Quantitative data was analyzed in SPSS. Interviews and open-ended questions from the questionnaire were analyzed using NVivo software. Students registered with OAR used the Writing Center at slightly higher rates than non-registered students. The participants in the survey generally indicated high perceived competency of the Writing Center and those who used the center more often reported greater levels of comfort and less anxiety when working with a tutor. Recommendations for improving Writing Center services for students with disabilities were generated including greater training on working with tutees with disabilities and workshops for students registered with OAR.