ERIC Number: EJ855524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 2
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute QEP: Writing across the Curriculum Professional Development Program
Hampson, Margaret P.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v33 n8 p618-621 2009
As part of its Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaffirmation process, Caldwell Community College (CCC) and Technical Institute's (TI) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), entitled "Enhancing Writing--Write On!" demonstrates the need to improve student writing through multifaceted interventions. The goals of CCC's and TI's Quality Enhancement Plan are to enhance student writing and create an institutional culture of writing at CCC and TI. Components of this plan include establishing writing centers on both CCC and TI campuses, developing an online writing center, and establishing a professional development program for faculty, designed to train faculty cohorts in the theoretical basis for writing-to-learn and writing across the curriculum (WAC) strategies. In this article, the author discusses the WAC professional development program, a two-semester training that provides faculty with both the theoretical and practical background to incorporate writing into the courses they teach. The WAC professional development program focuses on the concept that writing is a mode of learning. That is, when students write, they learn more, even if what they write is not formally graded. Through the WAC professional development program, faculty and staff whose program areas traditionally focus on skills not associated with writing now have the opportunity to develop and practice the skills needed to integrate writing into other disciplines.
Descriptors: Writing Across the Curriculum, Technical Institutes, Professional Development, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Design, Writing Strategies, Community Colleges, Program Descriptions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina