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Blinn professor earns top honors for utilizing writing software in the classroom

Program helps Wick teach students to conduct research, cite sources and attribute information

March 19, 2014

English Professor Audrey WickBlinn College – Schulenburg English Professor Audrey Wick was recognized by a leading software firm for her use of technology to help her students refine their academic writing skills.

A 10-year teaching veteran, Wick earned Turnitin.com’s Higher Education MVP Award for her use of Turnitin software to teach Blinn students the proper ways to conduct research, cite sources and attribute information to avoid plagiarism.

“Students don’t just expect a grade anymore,” she said. “They expect the robust feedback and comments this program allows us to generate, and its ability to check for originality has really helped us teach students the strong research and citation skills they need to write strong academic papers.”

Wick helped run Blinn’s pilot program in 2004 and has seen participation grow to 114 faculty members in Fall 2013. Last semester, 12,303 students—almost 70 percent of Blinn students—used Turnitin.

Blinn received honorable mention for the Original Writers Award, granted to the institution that has most effectively used the software to maintain academic integrity. In Fall 2013 alone, Blinn students submitted more than 29,000 works to Turnitin.

Blinn enrolled 18,413 students this Fall and has experienced 31.1 percent growth since 2006. The College’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state, and Blinn’s academic transfer rate is the highest in the state. In addition to its campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its career and technical certification programs. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu