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ERIC Number: ED358479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 14
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The Organization and Administration of an Undergraduate Writing Emphasis.
Hult, Christine
A 1987 survey of college English departments revealed that only 74 (38%) of the 194 colleges surveyed offered students the opportunity to specialize in some aspect of writing in addition to literature. A 1992 survey showed that 69% of departments had begun to offer this specialization. Respondents outlined possibilities for organizing and administering college writing programs by answering the question: "who advises students and/or administers the writing emphasis?" Administrative models included: (1) the monarchy in which the department head administers the program and thus spends time on minutia that s/he should spend on larger policy issues; (2) the dictatorship in which a "writing czar" or writing program director serves as administrator; (3) the oligarchy in which an elected or appointed writing program committee makes and attempts to implement policy; (4) the constitutional government model in which those who participate in the program administers it with reciprocal controls according to democratic process; and/or (5) the anarchic model in which highly diffused responsibility results in no one being in control. Those who designed and implemented this survey hope that departments will modify their programs in ways that bring them more in line with the full range of activities now going on in the discipline. (SAM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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