ERIC Number: ED343163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
First Steps: New Faculty, New Writing across the Curriculum Program.
The chair of a newly-formed Committee on Writing, whose charge it was to define writing-intensive courses and make recommendations on a college-wide writing program, was forced to examine her own beliefs and priorities about language and learning. The committee had at least one member from each academic division, met weekly during the semester, and communicated during the week through memos, shared readings, and informal conversations. Even as the committee members read about foundering or defunct writing-across-the-curriculum (WAC) programs, it soon became clear that the committee itself was a living example of the deep philosophical differences that had haunted pioneering WAC programs. Despite their differences, committee members did share common purposes, including the desire to improve writing and learning, to make students' experiences more productive, and to help students become more self-reflective writers and more critical thinkers. A confrontational approach to disagreements can be destructive of what could be challenging and productive relationships between people in diverse fields with diverse views. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Academic Community
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (43rd, Cincinnati, OH, March 19-21, 1992).