Writing tutors at Yale have recently seen an overwhelming influx of struggling essayists, the Yale Daily News reports. The 12 tutors—a team of professional writers and university lecturers—say they now see around 1,200 students a year, compared with 1,050 a few years ago, nearly a 15 percent increase. Exacerbating the problem, the number of hours a tutor can work is capped at 150 hours a semester.
The jump has been attributed to a more rigorous writing requirement at the university and better marketing from the writing center. That, or students have less pride. Or fewer skills.