“The Writing on the Wall” is a complaint from two college professors lamenting over the lack of writing skills in their students. They seem to have grown tired of correcting inefficient writing and offer a list of ways to improve writing skills.
When it comes to determining the writing skills of incoming freshman, professors have little selective power. Constricted by a tight schedule, they are unable to set aside class time to develop skills such as writing effectively. Professors are able to do very little to prepare students before college; an article featuring tips to improve writing is one of the few ways to reach out and try to make a statement.
If students are not prepared for college, how can they leave college ready for the real world? Effective communication skills are pertinent in most professions; professors are worried the batch of students graduating will have diminished skills in writing, which could have further repercussions.
Students who graduate high school unprepared to further their education set themselves up structurally to fail. An undergraduate education assumes a student already possesses certain skills and a lack of these skills can be a detriment to the learning process. If the student then graduates and enters the workforce unprepared, a workforce of unprepared people who cannot effectively communicate may be cultivated.