Revolution Lullabye

February 16, 2008

Russell, David R. “Writing across the Curriculum and the Communications Movement: Some Lessons from the Past.”

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 Russell, David R. “Writing across the Curriculum and the Communications Movement: Some Lessons from the Past.” CCC 38.2 (May 1987): 184-194. 

Russell uses two historical examples, the Functional Writing Program at Colgate (1949-1961) and the Prose Improvement Committee at UC Berkeley (1950-1965), to show the underlying issues that surround the institutional resistance to WAC programs. He argues that these programs failed to take hold at their universities because they were not able to successfully integrate writing instruction in the organizational structure of the university, which favored the German research model and the elective system and was suspicious of interdisciplinary endeavors. In order for WAC programs to succeed, they must be part of an institutional-wide plan, be adequately funded, and be given adequate time to transform from a trend to a tradition.

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