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Center for Plain English Research and Study (CPERS)

About the Center

Founded in 2013, the Center for Plain English Research and Study serves as a virtual and physical space for interested people to meet and discuss plain language guidelines, new regulations and laws, and their effects on workplace communication. The center also offers resources, engages in research on the topic, and provides training sessions for UHD students, faculty, staff, and local professionals.

What is Plain Language

Government agencies such as the SEC and FCC have recognized that when documents addressed to the general public fail to present information clearly and efficiently, people are unable to make informed decisions about their health, rights, and finances. To address these concerns, the agencies and professional organizations have promoted standards focused on accessible, easy-to-follow language and format, referred to as Plain English guidelines. Plain English is intended for use in a range of areas such as government, law, finance, medicine, and education. See “Plain Writing Laws in the US” by Center for Plain Language for further details on current regulations.

Forums on Plain English

CPERS has organized several Forums on Plain English at UHD. The forum is a biannual event that aims to bring together practitioners and educators for meaningful discussions of writing issues and training sessions to share new information about the plain language movement and government initiatives. In the past, the event was sponsored by Humanities Texas and the Faculty Development grants at UHD.

Forthcoming Events Fall 2014

Fourth Forum on Plain English, November 7 (Friday, 8:30am-3:00pm), 2014 We are pleased to invite UHD students, faculty, staff members, and professionals in the Houston area to participate in the fourth biannual Forum on Plain English. The forum aims to promote informed uses of Plain English guidelines, which are writing standards recommended by several government agencies for improved communications with the general public.

Our one-day forum will address the following:

  • Definitions of plain language
  • Plain language organizations and resources
  • The Grand ClearMark and WriteMark awards programs
  • Plain language strategies that work in real documents
  • Stages in rewriting documents in plain language
  • Testing documents for clarity and effectiveness

Location: The Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium (3rd floor), Academic Building UHD
Lunch: Free lunch with registration Parking: Free parking with registration Registration deadline: Friday, October 31, 2014 Seating is limited.
Please register for the forum using our online registration form.

Forum Program Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF file

Previous Forums

Third Forum on Plain English, 2012 Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF file

Second Forum on Plain English, 2010 Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF file

First Forum on Plain English, 2008 Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF file

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