Revolution Lullabye

November 10, 2010

Deis, Frye, and Weese, Independence Fostering Community

Deis, Elizabeth J., Lowell T. Frye, and Katherine J. Weese. “Independence Fostering Community: The Benefits of an Independent Writing Program at a Small Liberal Arts College.” In A Field of Dreams: Independent Writing Programs and the Future of Composition Studies. Ed. Peggy O’Neill, Angela Crow, and Larry W. Burton. Logan: Utah State UP, 2002. 75-89. Print.

The independent Department of Rhetoric at Hampden-Sydney College, a small liberal arts school, was created through an all-college, all-faculty decision in 1978 in order to centralize and improve writing instruction at the college through a required two-course sequence, proficiency exams, a campus-wide writing center, and faculty participation from across campus. (what they call an “informal approach to WAC”) (78). It is a program that is really “owned” by the entire campus, and therefore its curriculum arises out of what the entire faculty decides as what is important instead of following the trends and emerging research in composition and rhetoric. This works because it is such a small, cohesive school.

Notes and Quotes

Good discussion of proficiency exams, grammar exams, and introduction of a basic course before the sequence.  



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