ERIC Number: ED327867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Looking Left, Then Right: Administering the Wyoming Resolution.
Boerckel, Denise; Young, Art
How can a writing program administrator (WPA) implement the "Statement of Principles and Standards for the Postsecondary Teaching of Writing," known as the Wyoming Resolution? Most administrators know that something like the resolution needs to be implemented, but they also know that the Statement lacks the wholehearted support of faculty colleagues and the upper administration. First-year English and advanced writing are commonly taught at the large university by full-time instructors and graduate students. A WPA could use the Statement to address the exploitation of this poorly paid workforce by offering an "incremental reality" plan containing reasonable criteria for promotion. Secondly, the WPA could rely on the "teaching conditions" section of the Statement in calling for smaller writing class sizes. The administrator would deny transfers of academic credits from schools that make a mockery of the teaching conditions guidelines. Cries for the WPA's removal, threats of lawsuits, charges of academic incompetence, and so on, would focus new attention on the unjust conditions that gave rise to the Statement. The call to action that began with the Wyoming Resolution now must go further, to include sanctions for noncompliance. (SG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Wyoming Resolution
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (76th, Chicago, IL, November 1-4, 1990).