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ERIC Number: ED453550
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 9
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Turning WAC Skeptics into WAC Participants on 55 Cents/Day.
Smith, Barbara
This paper focuses on some of the strategies that were crucial to the eventual success of Writing across the Curriculum (WAC), or, as it is called at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, WTL, Writing to Learn. The paper also mentions some of the pitfalls. According to the paper, the budget for WAC is $100 annually--when divided by the number of class days in a typical school year, it comes out to $0.55 a day. The paper pinpoints and discusses the following strategies: (1) surveying faculty about students' writing skills; (2) sympathizing with faculty and administrators' frustration regarding student literacy; (3) suggesting writing assignments with interested faculty; (4) designing and adapting some assignments so as not to burden professors with additional assessment chores; (5) establishing a Writing to Learn faculty committee; (6) setting an agenda for the WTL committee; and (7) holding one seminar per year with only a small additional budget from the Vice-President of Academic Affairs. It also pinpoints these pitfalls: receiving "on high" edicts from the administration; validating the faculty's fear of pedagogical intrusion; placing blame; overwhelming faculty from other disciplines with writing theory, terminology, and strategies; setting oneself up as an authority rather than as an ally; and speaking in negatives rather than positives. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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