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					Writing Across the Curriculum


              Pilot Project – DABCC
              Susan Wood
              Pierre Laroche
What is the question?

   Is every teacher a writing teacher?
What is the problem?

   The transfer of writing and thinking skills
    learned in composition and rhetoric courses
    at DABCC to other courses offered at
    DABCC
What is a possible solution?

   Assess the problem
    –   Put together a team of DABCC faculty across
        disciplines to look at student data and student
        writing
   Learn about Writing-Across-the-Curriculum
    theories and principles
   Develop a plan to address identified
    problems/issues
DABCC’s Pilot Project

NMHEAA Summer Retreat
 At least one faculty from each division at
  DABCC attended a three day retreat in
  Ruidoso this past summer to learn about
  assessment and create a plan for an
  assessment project
DABCC’s Pilot Project

   In our plan we:
    –   Developed a mission statement
    –   Clearly defined our goals and expected outcomes
    –   Proposed a preliminary writing assessment tool
    –   Generated a detailed timeline for accomplishing
        project
    –   Asked for volunteer participants representing
        each division at DABCC
Pilot Project Plan

   Pilot Project group: representatives from all
    divisions (full and part-time faculty)
   Timeline: 7 working meetings between
    September and May
Pilot Project Plan

   Mission Statement:
    –   To implement a Writing-Across-the-Curriculum
        program at DABCC that helps students meet the
        Communication and Literacy instructional
        objective
Pilot Project Plan

   Goals:
    –   Assess the writing needs of DABCC students
    –   Create tools for instructors and students that will
        standardize student-writing across the campus
    –   Provide Writing-Across-the-Curriculum
        professional development to full and part-time
        faculty participating in project
    –   Offer a support structure to faculty participating in
        project
Pilot Project Plan

   Outcomes
    –   A tool to help teachers design writing
        assignments
    –   A revised rubric to evaluate student-writing
        campus-wide
    –   A recommendation report based on assessment
        data
Pilot Project Plan

   What we’ve accomplished
    –   Have conducted benchmarking
    –   Have provides professional development
    –   Have created and conducted surveys
    –   Have redesign assessment tool for students
    –   Have created “writing assignment creation” tool for
        instructors
   Next steps
    –   Create, administer and assess writing assignments using
        tools
    –   Assess pilot project and write recommendation report
Tools in Process

   DABCC Pilot Project Writing Standards
    Rubric
   “Planning a Successful Writing Project” tool
Preliminary Data

   ENGL 111 students
                            By Enrollment Status at DABCC

     100%
      90%
      80%
      70%
                                                                        Re-Admit
      60%
                                                                        Transfer
      50%
                                                                        Continue
      40%
                                                                        New Student
      30%
      20%
      10%
       0%
            1999-2000   2000-2001   2001-2002   2002-2003   2003-2004
              N=384       N=557       N=656       N=759       N=959
Preliminary Data

   DABCC Associate Degree Graduates

              Last Attempt of ENGL111 Before Graduating
                                N=1399


                                       Missing
                 10 or More Acad. Yr     7%
                        15%
                                             Same Acad. Yr
                                                11%

                5-9 Acad. Yr
                    16%                          One Acad. Yr
                                                    16%

                Four Acad. Yr
                     8%
                      Three Acad. Yr      Two Acad. Yr
                           12%               15%
Preliminary Data

• ENGL 111 students
                      Pass Rate of DA Students at DABCC

  100%
   90%
   80%
   70%
   60%                                                               Other
   50%                                                               D, F or U
   40%                                                               Pass
   30%
   20%
   10%
    0%
         1999-2000   2000-2001   2001-2002   2002-2003   2003-2004
           N=323       N=493       N=590       N=682       N=880
Preliminary results from Survey

How important is writing to your
  academic success?                q7
Course                                  1   2   3    4    5   9   Grand Total
COLL 201                                             5    3                      8


COMM265                                     1   5   10   19                     35


ENGL 111                                             2    5                      7


ENGL 218                                             3    4   1                  8


OEBU 204                                        5   10    9                     24


OEBU 264                                1       2    5    8                     16


PSY 201                                         9    5   24                     38

Grand Total                             1   1 21 40 72        1           136
Preliminary results from Survey

How important is writing to your
  professional success?            q8
Course                                  1   2   3    4    5   9   Grand Total
COLL 201                                        2    4    2                      8


COMM265                                     1   4    8   22                     35


ENGL 111                                             2    5                      7


ENGL 218                                    1        1    5   1                  8


OEBU 204                                        4    9   11                     24


OEBU 264                                1       3    2   10                     16


PSY 201                                 1   2   7   10   18                     38

Grand Total                         2       4 20 36 73        1          136
Preliminary results from Survey

Do you have confidence in your
   writing?                      q6
Course                                1   2    3    4    5   9   Grand Total
COLL 201                                       1    7                           8


COMM265                                   1    1   22   11                     35


ENGL 111                                            1    6                      7


ENGL 218                                            5    2   1                  8


OEBU 204                                  1    5   11    7                     24


OEBU 264                              1   2         8    5                     16
PSY 201                                   1    5   25    5   2                 38

Grand Total                           1   5   12   79   36   3             136
Q&A

   What do you think?
   What are your suggestions?
Contact information

   Pierre Laroche
    505.527.7615
    plaroche@nmsu.edu

   Susan Wood
    505.527.7711
    sandrusw@nmsu.edu

				
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