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Otte, George; Mlynarczyk, Rebecca Williams – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
In this article, we assess the status of basic writing early in the twenty-first century. Beginning with a discussion of the attacks on BW that intensified during the 1990s and early 2000s--attacks that originated from such diverse sources as state legislatures, university officials, and BW scholars themselves--we go on to summarize the responses…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Remedial Programs, Higher Education, Academic Standards
Robinson, Heather M. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
At York College, many of the students fit the linguistic and educational profile of basic writers, and yet there is no remediation built into the curriculum. It falls to the writing center, then, to provide our students with the academic support that they need in order to move beyond being classified as developmental writers. In this article, I…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Educational Philosophy, Motivation, Remedial Instruction
Goen-Salter, Sugie – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2008
For more than two decades the California State University (CSU) has been trying unsuccessfully to "reduce the need for remediation" on its campuses, primarily through initiatives aimed at high schools. This article examines a basic writing reform project, San Francisco State's Integrated Reading/Writing Program, in the context of the…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Educational Change, Writing Teachers, Faculty Development
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
McBeth, Mark – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2006
Basic writing has played a large role in the history and institutional identity of the City University of New York (CUNY). From the Open Admissions era of Mina Shaughnessy to the present day, "remedial courses" at CUNY have been revised in response to different colleges' missions, curricular initiatives, university policies, and public…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Remedial Instruction, Courses, Public Colleges
Huse, Heidi; Wright, Jenna; Clark, Anna; Hacker, Tim – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2005
Responding to mandates from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to eliminate "remedial" or "developmental" courses from state-funded, four-year institutions, the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) Department of English developed a college-level pre-first-year writing program for entering students identified as…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, College Preparation, Remedial Instruction, Writing (Composition)