Learning Specialist

Jean Labauve
Email: Labauve@wsu.edu
Office: Academic Center 145F
Tuesday & Thursday, 1:00 - 5:00, Wednesday, 11:00 - 3:00

  • 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


  • This online tutorial program is available 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.

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


Writing Specialist

Jack M. Downs, Ph.D.
Phone: 509-358-7650 (direct)
Email: jmdowns@wsu.edu
Office: Academic Center 145G
Monday, 8:30 - 5:00; Tuesday, 8:00 - 4:30; Wednesday, 8:30 - 5:00; Thursday, 9:00 - 5:30; Friday 8:00 - 4:30

Writing Assistance at WSU Spokane is a free service available to all registered WSU Spokane students, undergraduate or graduate, enrolled in any major.  Our goal is to help you become a better, more confident, and more self-sufficient writer.  Schedule an appointment or drop by to discuss any aspect of any writing project at any stage of the writing process.  Writing Assistance at WSU Spokane provides:

  • Advice and strategies for planning, organizing, drafting, revising, and editing any writing project.
  • Assistance with grad school and job applications, writing samples, cover letters, statements of purpose, and other professional documents.
  • Opportunity to learn and grow as a writer through one-on-one sessions focused on any aspect of your writing.

Schedule appointments with our Writing Specialist in-person at Academic Center 145, by phone at 509-358-7740, or by email at kkclark@wsu.edu.

Online Writing Assistance

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 available 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 Portfolio is 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. To schedule a time writing session, please contact Jack Downs (358-7650 or jmdowns@wsu.edu).

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 regarding accommodations.

Contact Jack Downs to schedule a session.

Session Date


Wednesday, September 9 2:00 PM
Monday, September 14 1:00 PM
Tuesday, September 22 9:00 AM
Thursday, September 24 1:00 PM
Thursday, October 1 1:00 PM
Monday, October 5 2:00 PM
Tuesday, October 6 9:00 AM
Friday, October 9 1:00 PM
Wednesday, October 14 3:00 PM
Thursday, October 22 10:00 AM
Monday, October 26 2:00 PM
Wednesday, October 28 9:00 AM

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 my.WSU. 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.

Complete 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.

In Progress

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 my.WSU 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 my.WSU »
  2. Read the message on your my.WSU 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