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Glau, Gregory R. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2007
Arizona State University's basic writing "Stretch Program" has now been in existence for more than ten years. Statistical data for nearly 8,000 "Stretch Program" students continues to indicate that the program helps a range of at-risk students succeed. This is true, also, for students from under-represented groups, who comprise…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, High Risk Students, Disproportionate Representation, Student Needs
Tassoni, John Paul – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2006
This essay offers a history of a basic writing course that began at a public ivy campus in the 1970s. Relying on principles of universal design and on insights derived from his school's studio program about ways the institution's selective functions can impact curricular matters, the author describes how the basic writing course was merely…
Descriptors: Educational History, Basic Writing, Undergraduate Study, English Departments
Heaney, April – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2006
In this description of a learning community for "at-risk" and basic writing students at the University of Wyoming, I outline the reasons our students resist academic writing prior to their entry into college--reasons largely unrelated to typical perceptions of at-risk students as "lazy" or intellectually less capable. For…
Descriptors: High Risk Students, Critical Reading, Critical Thinking, Writing Processes
Tassoni, John Paul; Lewiecki-Wilson, Cynthia – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2005
In this autoethnographic, institutional narrative, we describe the evolution of a Studio program at an open-access, regional campus of a state university. The Studio, first conceptualized by Grego and Thompson, is a one-credit writing workshop taken by students concurrently enrolled in a composition course. Developing this program necessitated…
Descriptors: High Risk Students, Writing Workshops, Organizational Change, Writing Instruction