ERIC Number: ED333952
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Writing Across the Curriculum Programs at Community Colleges. ERIC Digest.
Williams, Dana Nicole
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) programs advocate the incorporation of writing into all classes and all disciplines as a means of helping students to improve their writing skills and to use writing as a learning tool. While most instructors agree that students write poorly, the greatest obstacle to implementing WAC courses on community college campuses has been convincing faculty in non-English disciplines to incorporate writing assignments into their courses. Most successful WAC programs begin with faculty workshops to convince teachers that students learn more about a subject by writing about it than by taking true-false or multiple-choice tests, and to illustrate that instructors need not increase their paper load by giving writing assignments. At Somerset Community College (Kentucky), a 3-year training project involved all 90 faculty members in a series of 10-weekly 2-hour workshops introducing them to the value of process-oriented writing. Methods for incorporating writing assignments into already crowded syllabi include requiring students to respond to lectures in ungraded journals and having students evaluate each others' written work. A number of community colleges have expanded the WAC approach in a variety of ways. At Orange Coast College (California), the general education curriculum has been structured to pair four separate sections of freshman composition with four different content courses. At Los Medanos College (California), a single instructor teaches two or three courses to the same group of students, ensuring that writing is taught across the curriculum. Successful WAC programs must have not only administrative support, but also must assure faculty ownership of and commitment to the effort. (JMC)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Descriptive; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.