Postsecondary Writing Assignment Database

As professionals, we need to make sure that our collective voices are heard as the national conversations about college preparedness continue to take shape. Representatives from the Council of Writing Program Administrators, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Writing Project have written an important document, “Frameworks for Success in Postsecondary Writing,” that is progressive and thoughtful; it outlines the kind of rich habits of mind and thoughtful rhetorical approaches that we value in college work.

Now, we’re asking you to contribute some important documents of your own to this proactive effort to further shape the conversation on what “college readiness” means for student writers. We need to collect examples of generative, appropriate examples of how we teach college writing that reflect the Framework.

How can you help? By providing us with concrete examples of writing assignments, activities, or program-wide approaches that reflect one or more of the elements in this Framework. Chosen examples will then be added to a public database, helping high school teachers, students, parents, and other constituencies understand the kinds of writing that students are likely to encounter in college.

Directions for Submission: A complete submission includes a completed cover sheet (download attachment) and the chosen assignment, activity, or program approach description. Send all materials to Heidi Estrem,, by March 15, 2011.

Assignment or Activity: Please include the assignment as you would give it to students. We encourage you to use the “comment” feature in MS Word (or another equivalent) to provide context for this assignment and to help illuminate the connections you see between this assignment/activity and the Framework.

Program-Wide Approach: Please include a brief (one page!) description of how a particular approach at your institution responds to the Framework. For example, perhaps your entire first-year writing sequence builds from the Framework in some recognizable way.

All submissions will be read by the entire committee, and while we cannot guarantee that all will be included in the database, we do hope to gather a very wide range of examples.

Thank you for your support of this important initiative.

Heidi Estrem, Dylan Dryer, Lennie Irvin, Diane Kelly-Riley, and Jeffrey Klausman
Review Committee for Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing