Seeking info on writing program assessment

Our university is currently designing a program to assess several aspects of our First Year Writing program, which consists of two semesters of English Composition. We're considering several options/models for this assessment program, and I'm very interested to hear "real life" stories from WPAs about experiences they've had implementing such programs -- what have been the most significant challenges? benefits? if you could redesign your assessment program from the ground up, what might you do differently?

Ours is a mid-sized, undergrad-only branch campus of a major research university, and I'm especially interested to hear from WPAs at similar institutions, though I'm grateful for hard-won wisdom anyone might have to pass along.

Program Evaluation Consultant in Communication

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology seeks an assessment consultant to evaluate its undergraduate Communication Requirement. The Communication Requirement focuses on developing both written and oral communication skills at the general level and in the student's major field of study. Students are expected to take four Communication Intensive Subjects (CI) sequenced throughout their undergraduate program.
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Posts from Kim McDonald -- University of New Orleans

With her permission, I have compiled Kim McDonald's posts to WPA-L. Posts are in reverse chronological order.
Shirley

Fri 9/16/2005 11:56 PM
University of New Orleans campus

Again, this is all from rumors:

From what we can find out (and we hear we may be able to get on campus, at least to get a few things out of our offices sometime next week, so we'll know more), only about 1/3 of the UNO campus flooded (I believe it's the portion nearest Leon C. Simon--Bienville Hall, maybe Engineering, Ben Franklin High School, and the old gym, maybe a few others). At one point it was reported that all buildings had been broken into--we originally thought it was looting, but have since heard that a large number of rescued people had been taken there with promises of being picked up soon, only to be left for a long time. After a length of time with no food or water, they broke into the buildings and then broke into vending machines and offices looking for necessities. I hear several people rescued seemed to be wearing new clothes with UNO logos. They had also taken furniture outside of some of the buildings because it was too hot to sit inside the buildings. So the break-ins were justifiable, and we hear for the most part, there wasn't gratuitous damage. Sounds like we were pretty lucky overall, and I for one hope those people enjoy their UNO togs. One more way to help the community.

Job Board Now Open

People may now post and search for job ads at the WPA Job Board: http://wpacouncil.org/forum/32. You only have to be a registered site user to post new job ads. There are no fees, ads will be archived permanently, and the URL will be stable so that it can be sent to others (on listservs, for example). Job ads can be in rich HTML also. For questions about how to use the Job Board or any other site-related questions, contact David Blakesley.

Posts from Irv Peckham in Baton Rouge

With his permission, I am posting Irv Peckham's messages to the WPA-L listrserv.

Shirley

Thu 9/15/2005 12:18 PM
Re: UNO and Hurricane Katrina an d adjuncts
It's been unclear about adjuncts. We have been able to hire only one adjunct from UNO--on the stipulation that he was being paid by them, to which we added 600.00. big deal.

i have received about 20 inquiries from NO teachers. Of course we can't hire them because we don't get any extra monies--they paid the tuition to the NO university and we're not asking them to pay again. there will be some negotiations about this further, but in essence, the adjuncts got stuck. I suspect all tenured or tenured track faculty will be paid. so what's new (knowing that must of us are tenured or tenure track).

Posts from Lillian Bridwell-Bowles in Baton Rouge

With Lilly's permission, I've compiled her posts to the WPA-L list and to others who have forwarded them to the list.
Shirley

Wed 9/7/2005 5:43 PM
A letter from an administrator (posted by Lilly)
September 7, 2005

From: Risa Palm
Provost, LSU

To: Faculty and Staff

You have been getting updates about many activities related to Hurricane Katrina from sources both inside and outside the University. Here is some information that you probably don't have. As of early this afternoon, the University has admitted 2771 new students from hurricane-affected areas.

Louisiana Board of Regents registry of displaced faculty

The Louisiana Board of Regents is registering displaced faculty, adjuncts, teaching assistants, and students on its website at http://www.regents.state.la.us/. This website has information and news for displaced faculty and students, including information about aid and job possibilities.

Jim McDonald
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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Possible jobs for displaced adjuncts & other faculty

Baton Rouge Community College is hiring adjunct faculty and in many other positions and providing help in finding positions. See http://www.brcc.cc.la.us/ for more information.

The Southern Regional Education Board is organizing on-line courses for displaced students and is recruiting on-line course providers until September 15. See http://www.sloansemester.org/ for more information.

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websites for faculty and adjuncts displaced by Katrina

Besides this forum, at least two other websites are available for displaced adjunct faculty to provide information about their situations and to get information about available jobs and support. The CCCC/NCTE Hurricane Katrina website is http://www.ncte.org/announce/122013.htm. The Campus Equity Week website, http://www.cew.org, will soon have forums to discuss the situations of adjunct faculty affected by Katrina and to post information.

Please get the word out to any faculty you know who has been affected by the hurricane, especially adjunct faculty.

Jim McDonald

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