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Warnick, Chris; Cooney, Emily; Lackey, Samuel – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
This essay discusses our failed attempts at the College of Charleston to sustain a Writing Studio course. Specifically, we explain how the failure of our Studio course revealed underlying problems in the department concerning the formation of writing program policy, the role of adjunct faculty, the oversight of our first-year writing curriculum,…
Descriptors: Freshman Composition, Adjunct Faculty, Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition)
Webb-Sunderhaus, Sara – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
The author describes the challenges of a four-year, open-admission institution where equality of access has not equaled equality of success for basic writers. While there is a good deal of scholarship on student departure by compositions and experts in student retention and persistence, some models of student departure and success offered by these…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Success
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
Stine, Linda J. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
Remarkably little has been published on what works or does not work in online basic writing (BW) instruction. Internet-based learning is not a natural fit for BW students, and instructors planning hybrid or distance learning courses face a difficult task, with little theory to guide them. This article reviews current research and advice on three…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Learning Theories, Basic Writing, Distance Education
Rankins-Robertson, Sherry; Cahill, Lisa; Roen, Duane; Glau, Gregory R. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
Narrow definitions of academic writing often do not serve students well because they ignore the rhetorically situated and social bases for writing and the potential role of writing to span the personal, professional, and civic areas of students' lives. Broadening school-sponsored writing to include writing about family can help students to see the…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Academic Discourse, Writing (Composition), Family (Sociological Unit)
Peele, Thomas – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
In this article, I describe how policy changes instituted by our State Board of Education prompted the composition faculty at Boise State University to develop a Stretch program. Our goal was to support basic writing students by linking two writing courses (one of which is non-credit-bearing) , thus allowing students to remain with the same…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Interaction, Writing Ability, School Holding Power
Mohamad, Mutiara; Boyd, Janet – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
As part of a broad, campus-wide Writing Initiative designed to improve student-writing skills, Fairleigh Dickinson University opened a new campus writing center in fall 2006. Concurrently, a separate component of this initiative was launched to replace the English for General Purposes instruction offered in the traditional English as a Second…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing (Composition), Laboratories, English for Special Purposes
VanHaitsma, Pamela – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2010
This article recuperates the notion of "strategic value," but to new ends: rather than arguing whether or not basic writing should continue, this case study looks to one institution where it does, asking what value the category "basic writer" holds for teachers at this site. On the one hand, they confirm the existing…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Basic Writing, Case Studies, Universities
McCrary, Donald – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
Private student discourses are often ignored or prohibited in the academy; however, these private discourses are very meaningful, and representative of the ways that students order and speak about the world. Specifically, religion is an extremely significant private student discourse; exploring religious discourse might help students not only to…
Descriptors: Religion, Critical Thinking, Fiction, Books
Gabor, Catherine – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
This article looks at best practices in basic writing instruction in terms of non-traditional audiences and writerly authority. Much conventional wisdom discourages participation in service-learning projects for basic writers because of the assumption that their writing is not yet ready to "go public." Countering this line of thinking, the author…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Student Projects
Shor, Ira – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
This essay responds to Jane Danielewicz's and Peter Elbow's recent piece on contract grading in "College Composition and Communication" (December 2009). I discuss the similarities of their approach to my own contract process, finding that we share a quantitative/performative method for grading. I also explore our differences. While they guarantee…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Writing (Composition), Grading, Stakeholders
Rose, Mike – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
Standards are the criteria we use to judge competence, and the incarnation of some version of the issue of standards has woven in and out of education policy for the last thirty years. Unfortunately, much of the discussion has been ideological, rigid, and cast in either/or terms. In this essay, I use examples from basic writing and freshman…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Freshman Composition, Basic Writing, Student Experience
McCurrie, Matthew Kilian – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
The current economic and political environment has increased the pressure on higher education to deliver education that is cost-effective, standardized, and accessible. Summer bridge programs have traditionally been one of the economical ways to increase the access and retention of non-traditional, first-generation, or at-risk students. Retention…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Students, Transitional Programs, At Risk Students, Summer Programs
Adams, Peter; Gearhart, Sarah; Miller, Robert; Roberts, Anne – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2009
This article reports on the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), a new model of basic writing that has produced dramatic successes for the basic writing program at the Community College of Baltimore County. Borrowing from mainstreaming programs, studio courses, fast track programs, and learning communities, ALP, for four consecutive semesters, has…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Community Colleges, Acceleration (Education), Mainstreaming
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
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