CWPA President's blog
"College readiness" is a widely used term these days, especially in association with credit-bearing, college level writing courses. But until now, there has been no widespread articulation by high school and college faculty about what college readiness means. The Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing provides this definition.
CWPA election voting tokens were distributed to members today. If your membership is current, you should have received a voting token via email. This is an important election! We're choosing a new Vice President (who will succeed to President) and three Executive Board members. If you haven't yet had a chance, review the candidates' statements and then cast your ballots. Your vote is important!
It's end-of-the-calendar-year update time for CWPA!
First, if you're travelling to MLA in Los Angeles, be sure to attend the two CWPA-sponsored sessions, both of which are part of the special "Academy in Hard Times" strand. Specific details on the sessions are listed below -- be sure to attend if you can.
Second, CWPA elections are coming up soon. You can read about candidates for Vice President (will succeed to President) and new Executive Board members before casting your ballot.
As our organization and its activities continue to grow, the CWPA leadership has realized that we need to make some changes in the legal status of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. To continue this process, CWPA membership must approval the formation of a new organization (Council of Writing Program Administrators, Inc.), and new CWPA bylaws. Please click "read more" to continue reading and see the document attached to this message.
Apply now for CWPA Research Grants! The call for the grants is attached to this message (at the end of the post). In addition to supporting general programmatic research, this year's call also solicits proposals for replicable, aggregable, and generalizable research (Haswell) in two specific areas:
A new study from the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges suggests that boards (of trustees, regents, and so on) not only need more information about assessment of student learning outcomes - they also want this information. For WPAs and writing instructors, the AGB study holds the potential to be really useful.
Moving into late Late August... and "back to school" is in the air. Along with preparations for fall classes, it's worth laying out a few happenings to which CWPA members and readers of this blog will likely want to pay careful attention to in the coming months. Read on!