Learning Specialist

Jean Labauve
Email: Labauve@wsu.edu
Office: Academic Center 145F
1:00-5:00pm, Tuesday-Thursday

  • No charge for this service
  • Help with test anxiety, moving beyond memorization, NCLEX prep, workshops, etc.
  • Open to all majors, undergraduate and graduate

Peer Tutoring

  • Available for select courses
  • No charge to students
  • Contact Jane Summers for more information


Drop by Student Academic Support & Counseling (Academic Center Suite 145) or call 509-358-7740 to make an appointment.


As part of WSU Spokane’s efforts to provide students with the academic support they need, WSU Spokane offers writing assistance to registered WSU students free of charge. WSU Spokane’s writing specialist, Jack Downs, PhD, is available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to answer student questions regarding planning, writing, organizing, revising, and editing of writing assignments.

If you, or a registered WSU Spokane student you know, could benefit from one-on-one help, please schedule an appointment by calling Student Academic Support & Counseling at 509-358-7740.


WSU Spokane Writing Assistance is located on the first floor of the Academic Center, room 145G.


We provide assistance with planning, drafting, organizing, and synthesizing information for writing assignments. Services are available to WSU Spokane students free of charge. Open to all majors, undergraduate and graduate.


To schedule an appointment, come to the Student Academic Support office in the Academic Center room 145 or call 509-358-7740. Tutoring sessions are done on an individual basis by appointment only.


Jack Downs, PhD
Email: jmdowns@wsu.edu
Office: Academic Center 145G


Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Writing assistance: online

Graduate & Professional Writing Center (GPWC)

  • This WSU Pullman service provides online writing consultations for WSU Spokane graduate and professional students only.
  • Email the GPWC at gpwc@wsu.edu to schedule a consultation.
  • For more information, visit the GPWC Web site.


  • This online tutorial program is availabe to all registered WSU students.
  • Select "Western eTutoring Consortium," and then "Washington State University System" from the drop-down menu.
  • You will receive help from a trained tutor in no longer than 24 hours. 
  • This program also provides help in math, statistics, accounting, and biology, with a 48-hour response time.


Successful completion of the Writing Portfoliois a requirement for graduation at Washington State University. It is a junior-level diagnostic to determine if a student’s writing abilities have advanced in ways that can handle the writing demands of upper-division courses and courses in the major. The writing portfolio consists of two parts:

  • A timed writing session
  • The portfolio packet containing three writing samples

All students are required to complete at least one of the two parts no later than the end of the first semester after completing 60 credit hours. The other half needs to be completed the following semester. You may complete the packet and the timed writing in the order you choose. Ideally, you should complete the Writing Portfolio prior to enrolling in the Writing in the Major (M) courses. Writing portfolio holds will be placed on students’ registration until the portfolio requirement is completed.

Timed Writing Sessions

The timed writing session takes two hours and consists of an argumentative essay and a self-evaluation. Students must bring two pens (no pencils) and provide photo ID to take the exam. A Blue Book will be provided. Arrangements can be made if these dates/times don't work with your schedule. Students with Disabilities:  Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. Please contact Liz West (358-7534 or liz.west@wsu.edu) for more information.

Contact Jane Summers to schedule a session.



Friday, September 5 11:00-1:00
Tuesday, September 16 2:30-4:30
Monday, September 29 9:00-11:00
Wednesday, October 8 1:00-3:00
Thursday, October 23 8:00-10:00
Tuesday, November 4 2:00-4:00
Friday, November 14 10:00-12:00
Wednesday, November 19 12:00-2:00
Tuesday, December 2 8:00-10:00
Friday, December 19 11:00-1:00

Writing Portfolio Packet

Choose three pieces of your best writing. In addition to traditional papers, your writing samples may include lab reports, case studies, group projects, essays, essay exams, etc.  Work from other schools may also be acceptable. The samples of your writing must be submitted from three different college level courses. Submit original graded work if possible. If you do not have the original, the instructor should initial several pages of the clean copy and verify that it is your work submitted for the course.Complete a cover sheet for each selection. Students may purchase the writing portfolio packet materials from The Bookie or download the writing portfolio packet materials for free. The instructor should rate the paper as either "Acceptable" or "Outstanding."  All work must be submitted in the writing portfolio envelope or in a 9x13 envelope with the writing portfolio cover sheet attached. Students must complete all information on the Writing Portfolio envelope cover. Criteria for Evaluation (PDF)


After completion

Your Writing Portfolio will be evaluated once you have submitted the packet AND completed the Timed Writing requirement.  Because the Writing Portfolio fulfills a General Education Requirement, it will be evaluated by a cross-departmental committee of WSU faculty in Pullman. You will be notified of the result through zzusis. The committee will assign your portfolio one of three ratings:


The work shows a proficiency in writing suitable for upper-division work at WSU. Your Writing Portfolio requirement will be fulfilled.

Pass with distinction

The work represents the top 10% of WSU junior-level writing. This achievement will be entered into your WSU transcript. Your Writing Portfolio requirement will be fulfilled.

Needs work

The work shows a need for additional, structured writing assistance in upper-division course work.  You will be required to take additional course work in the form of a 1-credit online tutorial course (UNIV 302) taken in conjunction with one of your Writing in the Major [M] courses, or a three-credit writing course. You must complete the additional course assigned to you in order to satisfy the Writing Portfolio requirement.


Results will be sent to you through zzusis after both requirements have been completed.


Washington State University expects students to maintain academic standards of excellence and make satisfactory academic progress toward their degree objectives.  Undergraduate students are in good academic standing if both their current WSU semester and cumulative grade point averages are 2.00 or above, and/or they are eligible to be enrolled. Students not meeting the criteria above are considered academically deficient.

Reinstatement process

  1. Check grades on zzusis »
  2. Read the message on your zzusis portal page »
    This message identifies the regulation under which you are deficient.

Rule 38

First semester with below a 2.0 semester or cumulative gpa

  • Complete a reinstatement application, including a personal statement.
    Reinstatement Application (pdf) »
  • Turn in application (and pay fee) to WSU Spokane Student Affairs.
  • You must document attendance in any summer school courses, whether at WSU or another institution.
  • Courses for the next semester (excluding summer) will be cancelled if an application has not been received and approved by the listed deadline.

Rule 39

Students with any third semester (excluding summer and winter terms) cumulative gpa below 2.0.

  • Students will be dismissed and courses for the next semester (excluding summer) will be canceled. There is no early reinstatement process.
  • Students who are dismissed are required to remain out of WSU for two consecutive semesters and cannot seek non-degree student status.
  • Students may continue to take summer courses at WSU.

Application fees

  • $50.00 for Rule 38
  • $75.00 for Rule 39


Jane Summers
Academic Center 145D
600 N. Riverpoint Blvd.
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495

Phone: 509-358-7537
E-mail: jane.summers@wsu.edu