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English First Year Writing


First-Year Composition Committee

The committee aids the Director in serving as a sounding board for possible policy changes that will be recommended to the chair and to the department. This Committee also serves to screen textbooks for adoption by part-time faculty as well as test and recommend interactive publishers' websites and resources. The chair of the Committee orchestrates workshops of interest to ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 instructors. The committee will consider matters related to the appraisal and evaluation of student learning in composition courses ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102. Committee work can involve, but may not be limited to, the following issues:

  • Placement of incoming students;
  • Review and recommendation of course outcomes;
  • Review and recommendation of methods of achieving course outcomes;
  • Measurement of stated course outcomes;
  • Calibration of instructor grading;
  • Advocation for institutional standards for writing;
  • Improvement of writing instruction;
  • Pedagogy review and assessment;
  • Integration of technology into FYC classrooms;
  • Promotion of informal dialogue (through retreats or brown-bag lunches, etc among instructors regarding both content and delivery of composition courses;
  • Review and recommendation of course textbooks;
  • Consideration of writing-across-the-curriculum initiatives;
  • Development of curriculum