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Dennis Baron's Chronicle of Higher Ed column on the SAT writing exam

In case people missed it, here's a link to Dennis Baron's post to WPA-L that includes the column he wrote on the new SAT writing exam for the Chronicle of Higher Ed.:

Executive Board vote to approve the NMA framework on Plagiarism

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Yankton Press and Dakotan Story on Machine Grading

Saturday, April 30, 2005 Story last updated at 12:32 AM on Apr. 30, 2005 Teachers Look To Computers To Critique Student Writing By: By MATT SEDENSKY Associated Press Writer Is at Reports on Ed Brent's SAGrader. Brent is in the Sociology Department at University of Missouri-Columbia. Here's a relevant excerpt:
Final papers are still handled by Brent and his two teaching assistants, but students are encouraged to use the professor's SAGrader program to give them a better shot of earning an A. "I don't think we want to replace humans," Brent said. "But we want to do the fun stuff, the challenging stuff. And the computer can do the tedious but necessary stuff."

Creating Content at Digital WPA


Each week during the rollout of our new Digital WPA website, I want to make you aware of some ways that you can make use of the site to network with WPA members, create and manage content, and make use of the resources already available.

This week, I wanted to encourage you to read, review, and respond to a student-created documentation project that will show WPA members how to post content at the WPA site. A message inviting feedback has been posted to the site here:

The students would love to hear your feedback: suggestions for improving the documentation, praise, encouragement, or any other thoughts you might have. You can add your comments to this post or send feedback directly to the students. They've done a terrific job (and especially so, considering this is a first draft for public review). They have asked some good questions, also. The documentation itself is here:

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WPA Story Posting Documentation

Greetings WPA website users!

I am part of a group of students here at Purdue University working to develop documentation on how to post stories to this website.

My group and I would be greatly appreciative if you would take a few moments to look at our documentation and note your opinions.

You can find the website at:

Some questions you might use as guidelines are:

  1. The placement of images can vary in relation to the text depending on the user’s computer system. How do you feel about the image placement you have seen?
  2. Did you find the steps logical and easy to follow?
  3. Were there any unnecessary screenshots or places where screenshots were needed?
  4. Was there any confusion as to which screenshot corresponds to which step.
  5. Did you think there were any unnecessary steps?
  6. Please let us know any additional comments/suggestions.

We would like very much to hear your input, be it criticism or praise. Feel free to post a comment to this post, or you can also email us at

Welcome to the Media Update Forum!

The media update forum is for media monitors and media responders to post what they're seeing or hearing and/or doing to respond to stories about writers and writing in mainstream media.

If you have an update, post it here! Let us know what you saw and/or heard and where, and whether you plan to respond to it.

If you've responded to a news story, let us know the focus of the story and what you did to respond. If possible, please also include a copy of your response so that others can see how you addressed the issue.

WPA 2005

Writing as Writing Program Administrators
Anchorage, Alaska
Council of Writing Program Administrators
Summer Workshop, Institute, and Conference
July 3-10
Conference Website:

Conference Theme and Program

Several months ago, a fellow WPA remarked that she was looking forward to an upcoming leave from administrative work because she would have “time for writing.” Though we understand what she was saying, it’s an oddly ironic or paradoxical, if not nonsensical, statement.

Call for Papers: MLA 2005

Each year, the WPA sponsors panel sessions at the MLA convention as part of our Allied Organization status with the MLA. Below is the open call for papers this year's committee has put together. Please note that we're under a strict deadline for submitting this panel. In order to meet the MLA's deadline, we must have proposals in hand by March 25 to give the committee enough time to review submissions.