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ERIC Number: EJ783667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
TYCA and the Struggle for a National Voice: 1991-1993
Andelora, Jeffrey
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v35 n2 p133-148 Dec 2007
In the early 1990s, a small group of dedicated two-year college English faculty, led by Helon Raines, began the fight for the Two-Year College English Association (TYCA), a professional organization that would give two-year college English faculty across the nation a respected identity and voice within the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). When Helon Raines became chair of the National Two-Year College Council (NTCC) at the Seattle NCTE Convention in November of 1991, she knew she would be leading two-year college English faculty at a crucial moment in their history. The professional status and identity of two-year college English faculty were once again in a state of crisis, much as they had been twenty-five years ago, just prior to the formation of the regional organizations. While neither Raines nor any of the others present in Seattle could know of the difficulties they would face over the next two years, they knew that the time was right to act on what they had long known: the eight-member NTCC, as a Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) committee with no voice, visibility, or status in NCTE, was unable to meet the professional needs of the nation's twenty thousand two-year college English faculty. It was time they had their own professional organization and a national voice. This article explores the Two-Year College English Association and its struggle to give two-year college English faculty a national voice from 1991 to 1993. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A