ERIC Number: ED248528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating College Writing Programs. Studies in Writing & Rhetoric.
Witte, Stephen P.; Faigley, Lester
Noting that present evaluation systems are so limited that they are neither reliable nor valid, this monograph critically reviews studies designed to evaluate composition programs at four major universities. The book offers theoretical and practical guidance through discussion of generalities from the four studies and pertinent questions and guidance to evaluators of composition programs. The first chapter looks at the state of the art of evaluating writing programs, discussing the need for such evaluation, and at two dominant approaches to writing program evaluation. The second chapter discusses a quantitative model of writing program evaluation in terms of four university studies, giving an overview of the dominant quantitative approach. Chapter 3 discusses a framework for evaluating college writing programs, including five components of writing program evaluation, and the final chapter discusses accommodating context and change in writing program evaluation. (HTH)
Descriptors: College Programs, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Program Evaluation, Writing Instruction, Writing Research
Southern Illinois University Press, P.O. Box 3697, Carbondale, IL 62901 ($8.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Conference on Coll. Composition and Communication, Urbana, IL.