ERIC Number: ED453549
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Going It Alone: Supporting Writing across the Curriculum (WAC) When There Is No WAC Program.
This paper explains why a comprehensive Writing across the Curriculum (WAC) program at the author/educator's university, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP), would encounter strong opposition. The paper first points out that the author, as the director of the University's Writing Center, has tried for 7 years to make a WAC program happen, since she sees a clear need for one. It then cites the following reasons why a WAC program has not been put in place: USP is and has always been a professional school and writing is seen as peripheral; nearly 70% of the students are pharmacy majors--although skills are changing to involve more writing, most of the students do not realize this; and the professional faculty and administrators cannot be persuaded that writing helps students to think. According to the paper, the best way for the author/educator to pursue her agenda has been to go about it subversively. The paper lists the following as some of the WAC program activities that have worked well: working with one pharmacy instructor on writing projects which introduce students to the profession and later, on helping fourth-year students prepare their resumes and cover letters; and still later, in a class on biomedical literature evaluation. The paper states that all students must pass a writing proficiency exam to graduate--an exam for which they have not systematically been prepared--and most come to the Writing Center to prepare. It also notes that some of the WAC program activities the author/educator undertook that did not work. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A