ERIC Number: ED306841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-2
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Undergraduate Writing Program. Illinois State University.
This report focuses on the state-supported Undergraduate Writing Program at Illinois State University (ISU). Several innovations have contributed to the expansion and improvement of ISU's Undergraduate Writing Program, whose key components are: the Writing-across-the-Curriculum Program in the College of Arts and Sciences; the use of microcomputers to enhance freshman writing courses; and the Writing Placement Exam, tutorial-intensive sections of Language and Composition I, and the University Writing Exam. The objectives of the undergraduate writing course include improvement of the quality of undergraduate writing skills at ISU, working together with area high schools and community colleges in improving the learning and teaching of writing skills throughout Illinois, and the dissemination of model curricular strategies and materials, research findings, and methods of assessing writing skills. Evidence of program effectiveness includes the following: incorporating writing into the study of other disciplines makes students active participants in the learning process; the use of microcomputers improves the productivity, attendance, and punctuality of students; and the effects of implementing the Writing Placement Exam reach far beyond simply identifying those students who need improvement in writing and supplying them with intensive tutoring to an alteration of instructors' evaluation perspectives. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; Illinois State Univ., Normal.