ERIC Number: ED387192
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
An Odd-yssey: WAC (Writing Across the Curriculum) in a Two-Year College.
Shaw, Anamaria Diaz
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) developed around the understanding that writing is a developmental, incremental procedure that is intimately linked to thinking. Two major branches in the WAC movement are the write-to-learn focus, or the push to incorporate writing tasks solely as strategies for teaching and learning course material, and the use of writing-in-the-disciplines courses to improve students' writing and communication skills. WAC is important at two-year colleges because of the varied nature of their mission: They seek to prepare students for further study, but also offer associate degrees in arts and sciences and certificate programs that prepare students for the world of work. Research estimates that 60% of new jobs will require solid reading and writing skills, but only one in four employees will have them. In planning a WAC program, it is important that the program: (1) be a grassroots effort started by interested faculty; (2) tie program goals to the college's mission statement; (3) offer faculty across the curriculum support in the form of mentor systems, workshops, newsletters, paired classes, and team teaching; and (4) offer student support in the form of a full-service writing center with tutorial assistance. (Contains 17 references.) (Three sample issues of a Writing Across the Curriculum newsletter from Tarrant County Junior College, in Texas, are appended, providing results from surveys of faculty regarding their writing attitudes and practices.) (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (17th, Austin, TX, May 21-24, 1995). Some pages contain light type.