ERIC Number: ED298995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-20
Reference Count: N/A
Institutional Project Grant: A Report on Research into Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Projects.
Drawing from information gathered at conferences, through a literature review, telephone interviews with writing directors at all the community colleges in Michigan and several four-year institutions, and a survey of faculty members at Monroe County Community College (MCCC) this report assesses the status of writing-across-the-curriculum (WAC) in community colleges and offers recommendations for implementing a WAC program at MCCC. After parts I and II define WAC in terms of what it is and is not, parts III and IV review the literature on the benefits and drawbacks of four WAC models. Part V looks at the applicability of these models for MCCC, concluding that teacher-centered models would place too great a burden on the faculty and financial resources of the college, but that a writing center model would have potential for long-term success. Parts VI and VII present the results of a survey of MCCC faculty views on student writing, indicating that an overwhelming majority of MCCC students have writing problems in such areas as organization, supporting an idea, coherence, grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, and proofreading. Parts VIII and IX briefly describe selected WAC programs in Michigan and other parts of the country, and part X looks at the status of WAC in each community college in Michigan. After part XI sets forth five WAC options for MCCC, part XII suggests steps that should be taken if a WAC emphasis were to be implemented at the college. A 33-item bibliography is included. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Monroe County Community Coll., MI.