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2007 WPA Summer Workshop Agenda/Schedule

I'm pasting in a note from the 2007 WPA Summer Workshop leaders.--Shirley


There are still a few seats left for the WPA Summer Workshop (held the Sunday-Wednesday, July 8-11) before next month's conference (July 12-15). For full details please see

Susan Miller Cochran and I have been working hard to construct a thoughtful and useful agenda -- see below.

WPA Assessment Institute Blog for Participants

WPA Assessment Insititute leaders Margaret Price, Darren Cambridge, and Michael Neal will be communicating via blog with registered participants prior to the institute, which will be held July 12. 

For more information about the 2007 WPA Assessment Institute, go to this node on the WPA website:

 As of June 8, there were still a few spaces remaining in the institute.


Shirley Rose

WPA President

WPA Professional Development and Writing Program Development Mini-Workshop Series at WPA Conference

I'm pleased to announce the WPA professional development and writing program development mini-workshop series for the 2007 WPA conference. The workshop topics and leaders are listed at this node:

Mini-workshops run from 75 minutes to 150 minutes and all are scheduled during the concurrent session time slots at the conference on Friday and Saturday.

Check with your dean or department head to see if professional development funds are available to support your participation in one or more of these mini-workshops at the conference this summer.

Vote in a poll about a workshop on writing a program self-study at the WPA Summer Conference

Great news!  Ed White and Doug Hesse have agreed to co-lead a workshop on writing a program self-study at the 2007 WPA Summer Conference in Tempe this coming July. 

The workshop would be held during a concurrent session time slot and would be open to all interested participants.  The session would be officially sponsored by the WPA Consultant-Evaluator Service, but it would cover writing and using program self-studies for a variety of contexts, not just in preparation for a WPA C-E visit.

Special Graduate Student Registration Fee for 2007 WPA Summer Conference

I'm pleased to announce that the WPA Executive Board has authorized a special registration fee of $175 for graduate students attending the 2007 WPA Summer Conference in Tempe.

Currently, the special fee is available by mail-in registration using the form attached at the bottom of this node: We hope to make the special registration fee available for online registration and payment sometime in the next few days.

Shirley Rose WPA President

Deadline Extended for Minority Grants for WPA Workshop

The application deadline for the Minority Grants to support participation in the 2007 WPA Summer Workshop has been extended to May 4, 2007.

For more information about the grants, visit this node:

For more information about the 2007 WPA Summer Workshop, visit this node:


Message from Diana George at Virginia Tech

with Diana's permission, I have pasted in below her recent post to the WPA-L listserv thanking colleagues for experssions of concern.

From: Writing Program Administration on behalf of Diana George

Sent: Wed 4/18/2007 7:16 AM


Subject: [WPA-L] To Friends, Colleagues, Writing Programs in so many places

I just want to take this time to thank so many of you for your
expressions of concern about the terrible events here at Virginia Tech.

We have heard from close friends and from folks we don't know at all