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Survey of College Writing Programs

  • ID: 3782500
  • Report
  • 101 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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9.5% of the Research University Students in the Writing Programs Sampled Were Seeing a Tutor for Writing
The study presents data and commentary from 22 college writing programs including but not restricted to Purdue, the University of Nevada, Reno, Michigan State University, Lane Community College and many others.

The study imparts detailed data on program budgets, technology use, means of testing and performance evaluation, training programs for writing instructors, writing programs for faculty, rates of class attendance, use of portfolios, use of writing tutors, the role of ACT and the SAT and much more.

The report also gives detailed data on the composition of college writing faculty which is broken out by full time tenure track faculty, full time non-tenure track, graduate students and adjuncts. It also gives data on the student body in writing programs including the percentage of students who are immigrants, international students, or from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The study also looks at the level of satisfaction of college writing programs with various kinds of library services for writing programs, including special classrooms for writing programs, information literacy services, provision of course content reference materials and more.

Some of the report’s many findings were that:

- In the private colleges sampled, 51.7% of writing classes were taught by full time tenure track faculty; in public colleges, 28.3%.

- 9.5% of the research university students in the writing programs sampled were seeing a tutor for writing; 17.2% for community college students.

- When asked about their library’s performance in providing specially equipped library technology classrooms or other venues helpful in teaching writing, survey participants assigned the following grades: 13.64% A, 18.18% B, 31.82% C, 13.64% D, and 4.55% F.

- Two writing programs were cited multiple times for excellence by survey participants; they were: Duke University and the Community College of Baltimore County. Many others were mentioned once, including but not restricted to: Bard, Boston University, Salt Lake Community College, Appalachia State, California Polytechnic State University, Syracuse University, Grand Valley University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Denver.

Data in the report is broken out by size and type of college, by level of tuition and for public and private colleges.

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THE QUESTIONNAIRE

PARTICIPANTS LIST

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SAMPLE

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS

Characteristics of the Sample

TYPE OF WRITING PROGRAMS

STUDENT ORIGIN AND BACKGROUND

TESTS AND EVALUATION

TECHNOLOGY USEFUL IN TEACHING WRITING

USE OF PORTFOLIOS

CLASS ATTENDANCE RATES

PENALTIES FOR NOT ATTENDANCE

USE OF TUTORS

COMPOSITION OF FACULTY: full time tenure track staff, full time non-tenure track staff, graduate students (who are not independent adjuncts), adjuncts, and volunteers.

TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR WRITING INSTRUCTORS

WRITING CLASSES FOR FACULTY

PROGRAM BUDGETS

INFORMATION RESOURCES FOR WRITING PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

EXEMPLARY PROGRAMS

LIBRARY SERVICES IN SUPPORT OF THE WRITING PROGRAM

CHARACTERISTICS AND PERFORMANCE OF THE STUDENT BODY

List of Tables
Table 1.1 How would you best describe your writing program?

Table 1.2 How would you best describe your writing program? Broken out by public and private college

Table 1.3 How would you best describe your writing program? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 1.4 How would you best describe your writing program? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 1.5 How would you best describe your writing program? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 1.6 Others

Table 2 Approximately what percentage of your students can be described as the following:

Table 2.1.1 Approximately what percentage of your students can be described as foreign born immigrants?

Table 2.1.2 Approximately what percentage of your students can be described as foreign born immigrants? Broken out by public and private college

Table 2.1.3 Approximately what percentage of your students can be described as foreign born immigrants? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 2.1.4 Approximately what percentage of your students can be described as foreign born immigrants? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 2.1.5 Approximately what percentage of your students can be described as foreign born immigrants? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 2.2.1 Approximately what percentage of your students can be described as international students?

Table 2.2.2 Approximately what percentage of your students can be described as international students? Broken out by public and private college

Table 2.2.3 Approximately what percentage of your students can be described as international students? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 2.2.4 Approximately what percentage of your students can be described as international students? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 2.2.5 Approximately what percentage of your students can be described as international students? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 2.3.1 Approximately what percentage of your students can be described as from economically disadvantaged backgrounds?

Table 2.3.2 Approximately what percentage of your students can be described as from economically disadvantaged backgrounds? Broken out by public and private college

Table 2.3.3 Approximately what percentage of your students can be described as from economically disadvantaged backgrounds? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 2.3.4 Approximately what percentage of your students can be described as from economically disadvantaged backgrounds? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 2.3.5 Approximately what percentage of your students can be described as from economically disadvantaged backgrounds? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 3 Does your program use any of the following to assess or evaluate student progress or preparedness in English writing?

Table 3.1.1 Does your program use any ACT English Test to assess or evaluate student progress or preparedness in English writing?

Table 3.1.2 Does your program use any ACT English Test to assess or evaluate student progress or preparedness in English writing? Broken out for public and private colleges

Table 3.1.3 Does your program use any ACT English Test to assess or evaluate student progress or preparedness in English writing? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 3.1.4 Does your program use any ACT English Test to assess or evaluate student progress or preparedness in English writing? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 3.1.5 Does your program use any ACT English Test to assess or evaluate student progress or preparedness in English writing? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 3.2.1 Does your program use any ACT English Writing Test to assess or evaluate student progress or preparedness in English writing?

Table 3.2.2 Does your program use any ACT English Writing Test to assess or evaluate student progress or preparedness in English writing? Broken out for public and private colleges

Table 3.2.3 Does your program use any ACT English Writing Test to assess or evaluate student progress or preparedness in English writing? Broken out Carnegie class or college type

Table 3.2.4 Does your program use any ACT English Writing Test to assess or evaluate student progress or preparedness in English writing? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 3.2.5 Does your program use any ACT English Writing Test to assess or evaluate student progress or preparedness in English writing? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 4.1 If your program uses the ACT writing test how reliable a predictor of writing skills do you find it?

Table 4.2 If your program uses the ACT writing test how reliable a predictor of writing skills do you find it? Broken out by public and private college

Table 4.3 If your program uses the ACT writing test how reliable a predictor of writing skills do you find it? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 4.4 If your program uses the ACT writing test how reliable a predictor of writing skills do you find it? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 4.5 If your program uses the ACT writing test how reliable a predictor of writing skills do you find it? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 5.1 If your program uses the SAT writing test for diagnostics, placement or as an indicator of progress how reliable a predictor of writing skills do you find it?

Table 5.2 If your program uses the SAT writing test for diagnostics, placement or as an indicator of progress how reliable a predictor of writing skills do you find it? Broken out by public and private college

Table 5.3 If your program uses the SAT writing test for diagnostics, placement or as an indicator of progress how reliable a predictor of writing skills do you find it? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 5.4 If your program uses the SAT writing test for diagnostics, placement or as an indicator of progress how reliable a predictor of writing skills do you find it? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 5.5 If your program uses the SAT writing test for diagnostics, placement or as an indicator of progress how reliable a predictor of writing skills do you find it? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 6.1 Has your program developed its own standardized test or series of tests to measure and evaluate student writing skills in English?

Table 6.2 Has your program developed its own standardized test or series of tests to measure and evaluate student writing skills in English? Broken out by public and private college

Table 6.3 Has your program developed its own standardized test or series of tests to measure and evaluate student writing skills in English? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 6.4 Has your program developed its own standardized test or series of tests to measure and evaluate student writing skills in English? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 6.5 Has your program developed its own standardized test or series of tests to measure and evaluate student writing skills in English? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

If your college has developed its own test and if you have knowledge of its development, particularly of any recent changes or developments, please describe your test and its recent permutations, if any.

If there is any type of technology (software, hardware, web application, app for example) that you have found useful in teaching writing, what is the name of it (or them) and why have you found is useful?

Does your program use or encourage use of any self-study software or web applications to improve writing skills? If so, which ones?

Table 7.1 Does your program require students to maintain portfolios?

Table 7.2 Does your program require students to maintain portfolios? Broken out by public and private college

Table 7.3 Does your program require students to maintain portfolios? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 7.4 Does your program require students to maintain portfolios? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 7.5 Does your program require students to maintain portfolios? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 8.1 About what percentage of students enrolled in your classes attend?

Table 8.2 About what percentage of students enrolled in your classes attend? Broken out by public and private college

Table 8.3 About what percentage of students enrolled in your classes attend? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 8.4 About what percentage of students enrolled in your classes attend? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 8.5 About what percentage of students enrolled in your classes attend? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

What are the penalties are your institution for non-attendance?

Table 9.1 About what percentage of your students at any given time would you say are seeing an outside tutor for writing?

Table 9.2 About what percentage of your students at any given time would you say are seeing an outside tutor for writing? Broken out by public and private college

Table 9.3 About what percentage of your students at any given time would you say are seeing an outside tutor for writing? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 9.4 About what percentage of your students at any given time would you say are seeing an outside tutor for writing? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 9.5 About what percentage of your students at any given time would you say are seeing an outside tutor for writing? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 10 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by each of the following: Full time tenure track staff? Full time non-tenure track staff? Graduate students? Adjuncts? Volunteers?

Table 10.1.1 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by full time tenure track staff?

Table 10.1.2 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by full time tenure track staff? Broken out by public and private college

Table 10.1.3 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by full time tenure track staff? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 10.1.4 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by full time tenure track staff? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 10.1.5 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by full time tenure track staff? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 10.2.1 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by full time non-tenure track staff?

Table 10.2.2 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by full time non-tenure track staff? Broken out by public and private college

Table 10.2.3 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by full time non-tenure track staff? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 10.2.4 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by full time non-tenure track staff? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 10.2.5 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by full time non tenure track staff? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 10.3.1 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by graduate students (who are not independent adjuncts)?

Table 10.3.2 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by graduate students (who are not independent adjuncts)? Broken out by public and private college

Table 10.3.3 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by graduate students (who are not independent adjuncts)? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 10.3.4 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by graduate students (who are not independent adjuncts)? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 10.3.5 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by graduate students (who are not independent adjuncts)? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 10.4.1 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by adjuncts?

Table 10.4.2 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by adjuncts? Broken out by public and private college

Table 10.4.3 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by adjuncts? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 10.4.4 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by adjuncts? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 10.4.5 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by adjuncts? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 10.5.1 What percentage of the courses in your program are taught by volunteers?

Table 11.1 Does your program have any form of training program or required courses for writing instructors?

Table 11.2 Does your program have any form of training program or required courses for writing instructors? Broken out by public and private college

Table 11.3 Does your program have any form of training program or required courses for writing instructors? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 11.4 Does your program have any form of training program or required courses for writing instructors? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 11.5 Does your program have any form of training program or required courses for writing instructors? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

If your program has a training program for writing instructors, or requires them to take certain courses, please describe these requirements.

Table 12.1 To the best of your knowledge does your institution offer writing classes for faculty, either from your program or another program?

Table 12.2 To the best of your knowledge does your institution offer writing classes for faculty, either from your program or another program? Broken out by public and private college

Table 12.3 To the best of your knowledge does your institution offer writing classes for faculty, either from your program or another program? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 12.4 To the best of your knowledge does your institution offer writing classes for faculty, either from your program or another program? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 12.5 To the best of your knowledge does your institution offer writing classes for faculty, either from your program or another program? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 13.1 Your programs budget for the upcoming year will go up down or remain the same?

Table 13.2 Your programs budget for the upcoming year will go up down or remain the same? Broken out by public and private college

Table 13.3 Your programs budget for the upcoming year will go up down or remain the same? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 13.4 Your programs budget for the upcoming year will go up down or remain the same? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 13.5 Your programs budget for the upcoming year will go up down or remain the same? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 14.1 In recent years support for the writing program at your institution has increased, decreased or remained the same?

Table 14.2 In recent years support for the writing program at your institution has increased, decreased or remained the same? Broken out by public and private college

Table 14.3 In recent years support for the writing program at your institution has increased, decreased or remained the same? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 14.4 In recent years support for the writing program at your institution has increased, decreased or remained the same? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 14.5 In recent years support for the writing program at your institution has increased, decreased or remained the same? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

What resources -- conferences, websites, listservs, ezines, magazines, blogs, books, webinars, podcasts -- and other information resources have you found most helpful in your program? Please be specific; do not say just "webinars" or "books" but list specific organizations or titles.

Table 15.1 Did you attend the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)?

Table 15.2 Did you attend the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)? Broken out by public and private college

Table 15.3 Did you attend the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 15.4 Did you attend the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 15.5 Did you attend the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Which colleges and universities other than your own do you feel have exemplary writing programs and what do you like about these programs?

Table 16 How would you grade your college library's performance in meeting your program's needs in the following areas?

Table 16.1.1 How would you grade your college library's performance in meeting your program's needs in providing texts, software, reference works and other materials to aid the educational process in writing?

Table 16.1.2 How would you grade your college library's performance in meeting your program's needs in providing texts, software, reference works and other materials to aid the educational process in writing? Broken out by public and private college

Table 16.1.3 How would you grade your college library's performance in meeting your program's needs in providing texts, software, reference works and other materials to aid the educational process in writing? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 16.1.4 How would you grade your college library's performance in meeting your program's needs in providing texts, software, reference works and other materials to aid the educational process in writing ? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 16.1.5 How would you grade your college library's performance in meeting your program's needs in providing texts, software, reference works and other materials to aid the educational process in writing? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 16.2.1 How would you grade your college library's performance in meeting your program's needs for the availability and quality of specially equipped library technology classrooms or other venues helpful in teaching writing?

Table 16.2.2 How would you grade your college library's performance in meeting your program's needs for the availability and quality of specially equipped library technology classrooms or other venues helpful in teaching writing? Broken out by public and private college

Table 16.2.3 How would you grade your college library's performance in meeting your program's needs for the availability and quality of specially equipped library technology classrooms or other venues helpful in teaching writing? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 16.2.4 How would you grade your college library's performance in meeting your program's needs for the availability and quality of specially equipped library technology classrooms or other venues helpful in teaching writing? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 16.2.5 How would you grade your college library's performance in meeting your program's needs for the availability and quality of specially equipped library technology classrooms or other venues helpful in teaching writing? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 16.3.1 How would you grade your college library's performance in meeting your program's needs in information literacy and library use guides for students and faculty?

Table 16.3.2 How would you grade your college library's performance in meeting your program's needs in information literacy and library use guides for students and faculty? Broken out by public and private college

Table 16.3.3 How would you grade your college library's performance in meeting your program's needs in information literacy and library use guides for students and faculty? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 16.3.4 How would you grade your college library's performance in meeting your program's needs in information literacy and library use guides for students and faculty? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 16.3.5 How would you grade your college library's performance in meeting your program's needs in information literacy and library use guides for students and faculty? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

What do you need from your academic library that you are not currently getting?

Table 17 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students

Table 17.1.1 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: limited vocabulary problem encountered in your student population?

Table 17.1.2 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: limited vocabulary problem encountered in your student population? Broken out by public and private college

Table 17.1.3 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: limited vocabulary problem encountered in your student population? Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 17.1.4 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: limited vocabulary problem encountered in your student population? Broken out by Enrollment

Table 17.1.5 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: limited vocabulary problem encountered in your student population? Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 17.2.1 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: excessive use of the passive voice

Table 17.2.2 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: excessive use of the passive voice Broken out by public and private college

Table 17.2.3 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: excessive use of the passive Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 17.2.4 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: excessive use of the passive Broken out by Enrollment

Table 17.2.5 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: excessive use of the passive voice Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 17.3.1 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students poor spelling

Table 17.3.2 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: poor spelling Broken out by public and private college

Table 17.3.3 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: poor spelling problem Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 17.3.4 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: poor spelling Broken out by Enrollment

Table 17.3.5 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: poor spelling Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 17.4.1 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: lack of understanding of what constitutes a sentence

Table 17.4.2 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: lack of understanding of what constitutes a sentence Broken out by public and private college

Table 17.4.3 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students :lack of understanding of what constitutes a sentence Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 17.4.4 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: lack of understanding of what constitutes a sentence Broken out by Enrollment

Table 17.4.5 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: lack of understanding of what constitutes a sentence Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 17.5.1 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: wordiness and excessive use of adjectives

Table 17.5.2 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: wordiness and excessive use of adjectives Broken out by public and private college

Table 17.5.3 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: wordiness and excessive use of adjectives Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 17.5.4 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: wordiness and excessive use of adjectives Broken out by Enrollment

Table 17.5.5 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: wordiness and excessive use of adjectives Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Table 17.6.1 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: inability to use punctuation marks effectively

Table 17.6.2 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: inability to use punctuation marks effectively Broken out by public and private college

Table 17.6.3 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: inability to use punctuation marks effectively Broken out by Carnegie class or college type

Table 17.6.4 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: inability to use punctuation marks effectively Broken out by Enrollment

Table 17.6.5 Please rate the pervasiveness and severity of the following writing problem among your students: inability to use punctuation marks effectively Broken out by Annual tuition, $

Beyond the issues listed above what are some of the other most commonly found writing problems in your student population?

What advice can you offer to your peers about the most effective ways to operate a writing program?

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- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
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