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ERIC Number: EJ1116080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul-21
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1554-8244
Notes from the Margins: WAC, WID, and the Politics of Place(ment)
Cook, Paul G.
Across the Disciplines, v11 n3 2014
This institutional autoethnography (IAE) explores the political and pedagogical dynamics of WPA and WAC/WID work within an exceedingly small, resolutely single-sex, and assuredly rural liberal arts campus ecology. Working within a theoretical framework informed by WAC/WID's historical commitment to increasing literacy in students from diverse educational backgrounds (Zamel, 1995) and recent studies of "aspirational" colleges and universities (Tuchman, 2009), my goal in this piece is to reflect on my own experiences and connect these to larger concerns about WAC/WID's vulnerability in rural SLACs. My exploration is structured around an interrogation of what happens when a rural college's historical mission and lofty aspirations run up against (1) the philosophical constraints (self-) imposed by institutional identity; (2) the material limitations of location, institutional ecology, and faculty labor and expertise; and (3) the pedagogical realities of the underprepared students it serves. In short, this article explores how the very things that make Cottey unique--its historical commitment to women's education, its diverse student population, and the inherent flexibility that comes with having an unusually small student body--are challenged by the dynamics of institutional identity and the intensifying scramble within higher education for resources, students, and prestige.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri
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