ERIC Number: ED306933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
The Cross-Disciplinary Writing Program: Faculty Development and Curriculum Change at West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania. 1977-Present.
Weiss, Robert H.
The cross-disciplinary writing program at West Chester University (WCU), Pennsylvania is a long-range, three-part program designed to increase the amount, variety, and quality of writing done by undergraduates at WCU. It focuses on enhancement rather than remediation and provides for: writing emphasis courses each semester in traditional liberal studies and in professional studies; a general requirement that all students take three of these writing emphasis courses; and in-house lectures, seminars, and workshops on writing for faculty members in all disciplines. A supporting service called "The Writing Consultancy" was developed for students. Faculty in all departments regularly assign writing tasks of various kinds to attain course objectives. Program outcome measures indicate: WCU students write often and in more various modes; WCU faculty regularly include writing instruction in their courses; and many faculty implement teaching practices in which writing is used as a means of learning the academic discipline. Among specific recommendations for implementing such a program are that: it be designed to include components of faculty development, curriculum development, student services, and effective administration; it publish newsletters, handbooks, and aids for students and faculty; and on-going assessment be conducted for quality control. The faculty handbook for the writing program, comprising over two-thirds of the document, is appended. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: West Chester Univ., PA.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.