When he headed Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, former president Gary Russi spearheaded changes in the institution for the benefit of some 20,000 students. Gary Russi increased the number of the university’s degree programs by 64 and brought in resources for a new medical school. To enhance undergraduate learning, he set up a center for teaching and learning.
One aid to student and teachers is the Oakland University Writing Center. Founded in 2006, the Center’s mission is to enhance the quality of undergraduate and graduate students’ writing. It is open to all staff, faculty, and students, regardless of their current capabilities or needs. Trained consultants, who are also students, offer peer support to those in the program who may be struggling with brainstorming ideas, writing successive drafts, and polishing the final paper. The Writing Center currently has 17 student consultants who are knowledgeable about rhetoric, grammar, and creative writing. Several of the consultants have published their own academic works.