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ERIC Number: ED346497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Recognizing and Using Context as a Survival Tool for WAC.
Carson, Jay
Although the writing-across-the-curriculum (WAC) movement has grown to be one of the most successful education reform movements in the United States, long-term strategies for sustaining WAC programs are needed and they must include recognizing and using context as a survival tool. Writing across the Business Disciplines (WABD) was started at Robert Morris College (RMC) under a grant from the Buhl foundation. The bureaucracy of universities and colleges (including RMC) can provide: a campus-wide forum to discuss writing across the curriculum and to spread the good word about it; a departmental structure into which WAC programs can be woven; and a reward system to encourage participation. Evaluation may be the best way to justify budget outlays for WAC programs. The evaluation of RMC's program was extensive and successful enough to get additional commitments from the administration to continue the program. Communication is another way to attach WAC programs to the institution. The experience at RMC demonstrated that where communication was clear and open, the program flourished; where communication was weak and closed, WABD had difficulty. Accurate record-keeping and histories are another way to bridge the gap between WAC programs and their context. Accurate record-keeping provides the documentation necessary to construct histories that may be crucial to the continuation of programs. The only way WAC programs can survive is to better attach them to their own contexts. (Eighteen references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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