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ERIC Number: ED358461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Virtual Realities for the 21st Century.
Graves, Roger
In a time of continually shrinking budgets, first year composition programs in Canadian universities, particularly the University of Waterloo, Ontario, have proven to be vulnerable to budget cuts. In 1980, each teaching assistant had one class of about 22 students and there were over 20 tutors in the writing center. In 1992, each teaching assistant had two classes of 22 students, and there were only 9 tutors in the writing center. Of the mandated cuts in undergraduate enrollments through the Arts faculty, 54% of the decreases came from cutting composition enrollments. Composition is often not recognized as part of the English department but as a "service" course for other departments. Similar discussions of narrow definitions given to writing appear in writing across the curriculum literature. At the University of Waterloo, the establishment of a rhetoric and professional writing program occurred simultaneously with the emaciation of a large, traditional composition program. Large composition programs may well be rolled back to one course, and writing instruction particularly appropriate for the advanced literacies demanded by the information economy may fill the void. Twenty-first-century solutions to the problems include bringing together representatives of existing organizations to form a national group similar to the National Council of Teachers of English. Members of such a group could use electronic mail, journals, and newsletters to communicate; hold biennial meetings; and publish research. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada