ERIC Number: ED310828
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Writing Across the Curriculum.
Designed to provide information to administrators at Housatonic Community College, Connecticut (HCC) on the status of writing-across-the-curriculum (WAC) programs, this report presents an overview of WAC, strategies for its implementation, and examples of WAC programs currently in existence. Introductory sections present a brief history of and a rationale for WAC, indicating that it emphasizes the process of writing as a valuable tool for learning in any discipline, and that it stresses the organizational skills and course content learned through the writing process over grammar and syntax. Next, general suggestions are put forth for teaching WAC courses, such as using traditional formal papers, essay exams, written homework, and journals or class commentaries, as well as the need for instructors to make their assignments as specific as possible and tie them closely to course objectives. Specific techniques are presented for science, math, business, social science, and non-English humanities courses. Then, 12 examples from an informal study of WAC programs at 80 colleges and universities are described, indicating that all the programs have initiated courses across a broad spectrum of disciplines and all have proved beneficial to both students and faculty. After listing 10 steps for evaluating WAC programs, the paper discusses methods to implement a program, including the use of faculty workshops, writing consultants, a college-wide writing committee, or writing labs for all students. Finally, recommendations are provided for the success of the WAC program at HCC, including the use of the Center for Educational Services as a core for the program, the establishment of a college-wide writing committee if necessary, and the appointment of a director to coordinate the program. Appendixes (the bulk of the document) include sample writing assignments, course syllabi, and a 176-item bibliography. (VVC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Housatonic Community Coll., Stratford, CT.