Northwestern Michigan College

Sites of Writing--General Description

Does your institution have an official writing program or department? (n=118)

No

Does your institution have first-year writing? (n=217)

Yes

Is first-year writing part of the writing program or department? (n=152)

No

If not part of the writing program or department, what is the institutional home for first-year writing? (n=63)

English Department

Does your institution have writing across the curriculum (WAC)? (n=204)

No

Does your institution have writing in the disciplines (WID)? (n=198)

No

Does your institution have a writing center or learning center with writing tutors? (n=219)

Yes

Is the writing center part of the writing program or department? (n=198)

No

If not part of the writing program or department, what is the institutional home for the writing center? (n=171)

English Department

Does your institution have basic writing courses? (n=220)

Yes

Is basic writing part of the writing program or department? (n=199)

No

If not part of the writing program or department, what is the institutional home for the basic writing program? (n=136)

English Department

Sites of Writing--Writing Requirement

Does your institution have a writing requirement? (n=216)

Yes

What does the writing requirement at your institution consist of? (n=106)

First-year composition predominately taught by English and/or Writing department (FYC)

Writing-intensive courses that are located throughout the curriculum (WI courses)

Are there curricular requirements that are not part of the writing requirement but that have writing as an explicit goal? (n=211)

Yes

Sites of Writing--College Writing Goals

Are there college-wide student writing goals? (n=216)

No

Sites of Writing--Community College Survey of Student Engagement

Does your institution administer the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)? (n=219)

Yes

How does your writing program use the CCSSE data? (n=139)

Nothing

Other

Sites of Writing--Changes to Writing Program

Have there been changes to the writing program or sites of writing at your institution in the past 10 years? (n=219)

Yes

Were there changes to the writing requirement in the past 10 years? (n=193)

Yes

Which changes have taken place in regards to the writing requirement? (n=116)

Departments are required to articulate their goals and writing requirements.

Were there changes to the assessment of writing at your institution over the past 10 years? (n=194)

Yes

Were there any changes to the administrative structures of the writing program or the sites of writing over the past 10 years? (n=195)

Yes

Which administrative structures of the writing program or the sites of writing changed? (n=100)

A WPA/WCD position was converted to a staff position.

Other

Was the writing program changed in the past 10 years to expand or eliminate areas? (n=191)

No

Were there changes to the staffing of the writing program or center over the past 10 years? (n=194)

No

Were there any additional changes to the writing program or the sites of writing at your institution not already mentioned? (n=193)

No

Do you foresee changes to the administrative, curricular, or support structures of the sites of writing at your institution over the next five years? (n=217)

Yes

What type of changes to the administrative, curricular, or support structures of the sites of writing at your institution do you foresee in the next five years? (n=151)

Changes to assessment

Changes to expand the writing program or sites of writing on campus

Other

If you foresee changes to the administrative, curricular, or support structures of the sites of writing at your institution over the next five years feel free to explain.

We will soon need to link assessment directly to course and general education outcomes. We will do more PD with area secondary teachers.

First-Year Writing/ English Composition--General Description

Does your institution have a first-year writing requirement, whether explicit or embedded? (n=217)

Yes

How many semesters/courses of first-year writing are required? (n=142)

2

By when must the second semester course be completed? (n=95)

Other

First-Year Writing/ English Composition--Placement and Transfer

Does your institution allow students to place out of the first semester first-year writing requirment? (n=134)

Yes

Does your institution allow students to place out of the second semester of first-year writing requirment? (n=105)

No

What is the program’s placement mechanism? (n=98)

AP test

CLEP

Other

Does your institution accept transfer credit for first semester first-year writing requirements? (n=139)

Yes

Does your institution accept transfer credit for second semester first-year writing requirements? (n=121)

Yes

Who approves transfer credit for FYW courses? (n=138)

WPA

Registrar

Department chair

First-Year Writing/ English Composition--Goals and Assessment

Are there explicit goals for the first-year writing requirement? (n=141)

Yes

Are the goals informed by the WPA Outcomes Statement? (n=127)

Yes

How are the goals for FYW courses assessed? (n=124)

Random sample

Professor evaluation

Who participates in the assessment of the goals for FYW courses? (n=116)

Writing faculty

First-Year Writing/ English Composition--Curriculum

What is the content of the FYW requirement? See Note 5. (n=139)

Themes

WAC/ Topic-Based

Other

What is the "other" content of the FYW requirement?

argument, analysis, synthesis

Is there a common syllabus for FYW courses? (n=139)

Yes

If two semesters of FYW are required, is the content of the second course the same as the first course? (n=104)

Yes

First-Year Writing/ English Composition--Enrollment Caps

What is the enrollment cap for regular sections of the FYW requirement? (n=146)

22

If there is a second semester FYW requirement, what is the the enrollment cap for regular sections? (n=119)

22

What is the enrollment cap for sections of basic writing of the FYW requirement? (n=133)

16

18

If there is a second semester FYW requirement, what is the the enrollment cap for basic writing sections? (n=101)

18

First-Year Writing/ English Composition--Staffing

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the first semester writing course were taught by full-time, tenure-line faculty in the English Department? See Note 4. (n=105)

0

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the first semester writing course were taught by full-time, tenure-line faculty in the rhetoric/composition department or program? See Note 4. (n=105)

0

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the first semester writing course were taught by full-time, tenure-line faculty from departments besides English and rhetoric/composition? See Note 4. (n=105)

0

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the first semester writing course were taught by full-time, non-tenure line faculty in the English Department? See Note 4. (n=105)

0

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the first semester writing course were taught by full-time, non-tenure line faculty in the rhetoric/composition department or program? See Note 4. (n=105)

44

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the first semester writing course were taught by full-time, non-tenure line faculty from departments besides English and rhetoric/composition? See Note 4. (n=105)

0

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the first semester writing course were taught by part-time faculty hired by the English Department? See Note 4. (n=105)

0

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the first semester writing course were taught by part-time faculty hired by the rhetoric/composition department or program?

52

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the first semester writing course were taught by the WPA? See Note 4. (n=105)

5

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the first semester writing course were taught by other? See Note 4. (n=105)

0

If there is a second semester requirement, was it staffed similarly? (n=91)

No

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the second semester writing class were taught by full-time, tenure-line faculty in English Department? See Note 4. (n=14)

0

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the second semester writing class were taughtby full-time, tenure-line faculty in the rhetoric/composition department of program? See Note 4. (n=14)

0

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the second semester writing class were taught by full-time, tenure-line faculty from departments besides English and Rhetoric/Composition? See Note 4. (n=14)

0

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the second semester writing class were taught by full-time, non-tenure line faculty in the English Department? See Note 4. (n=14)

0

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the second semester writing class were taught by full-time, non-tenure line faculty in Rhetoric/Composition department or program? See Note 4. (n=14)

64

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the second semester writing class were taught by full-time, non-tenure line faculty from departments besides English and Rhetoric/Composition? See Note 4. (n=14)

0

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the second semester writing class were taught by part-time faculty hired by English Department? See Note 4. (n=14)

0

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the second semester writing class were taught by part-time faculty hired by rhetoric/composition department or program? See Note 4. (n=14)

24

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the second semester writing class were taught by the WPA? See Note 4. (n=14)

12

In the 2013-14 academic year, what percentage of sections of the second semester writing class were taught by others? See Note 4. (n=14)

0

Is there faculty or professional development available for those teaching in the first-year writing program? (n=129)

Yes

What form does the faculty development take for first-year writing faculty? (n=107)

Required faculty development workshops

Optional faculty development workshops

Individual meetings with the WPA/WCD

Other

Do those attending receive additional compensation? (n=106)

Yes

Identifying and supporting diversely-prepared students--General Description

Does your institution identify students who may need additional writing support, including students whose primary language is not English? (n=220)

Yes

How does the institution identify these students? (n=157)

SAT/ ACT Scores

Placement Test

Admissions office/ student affairs referral

Student self-referral

What types of supports are available to these students? (n=161)

Required basic writing course

Special sections of FYW

Summer bridge program

Peer tutoring

Other

Identifying and supporting diversely-prepared students--Basic Writing

Does the institution have a formal basic writing program? (n=154)

Yes

What percentage of the student body is placed into basic writing? See Note 4. (n=84)

7

How are students placed into basic writing? (n=127)

Placement test

How do students exit basic writing? (n=125)

Passing grade in BW course

Is there a director of basic writing? (n=127)

No

What is the structure of the basic writing program? (n=125)

Prerequisite model

Studio model

Mainstreaming model

Other

How many levels of basic writing are there? (n=103)

2

What is the curriculum of the basic writing courses? (n=126)

Grammar

Sentence writing

Paragraph writing

Reading and writing

Other

Identifying and supporting diversely-prepared students--Support for English Language Learners (ELLs)

Is there support for English Language Learners (ELLs)? (n=144)

Yes

Is support for ELLs separate from basic writing? (n=126)

Yes

What type of supports are available for ELLs? (n=124)

Required section of basic writing course

Peer tutoring

Other

Does your institution offer ELL writing classes? (n=125)

No

Writing across the curriculum (WAC) and writing beyond the first year--General Description

Does your institution have a WAC/WID program and/or a writing requirement beyond the first year? (n=203)

Yes

Does your institution require all students to take writing courses taught by the English or Writing department for students in other departments? Does not include the first-year writing requirement. (n=35)

No

Does your institution require all students to take writing-intensive (WI or W) courses taught by departments other than English or Writing? (n=36)

Yes

Writing across the curriculum (WAC) and writing beyond the first year--Writing-Intensive Courses

How long has the WI requirement been in existence? (n=11)

10-15 years

How many WI courses are required beyond the first-year requirement? (n=13)

2

When do WI courses need to be completed? (n=12)

By graduation

Are there explicit goals for the WI courses? (n=13)

No

What are the criteria for a WI course? (n=12)

Number of pages or words written

Who certifies that a course fulfills the WI designation? (n=12)

Curriculum committee

Writing Committee

No one

Are there incentives offered for faculty to teach a WI course? (n=12)

Yes

Which incentives are offered to faculty to teach WI courses? (n=5)

Smaller class size

Is there professional development available for those teaching in the WAC program? (n=35)

No

Writing centers--General description

Does your institution have a writing center or learning center with writing tutors? (n=219)

Yes

Is the writing center free-standing or part of another institutional unit? (n=157)

Part of another institutional unit

If the writing center is not free-standing, what larger institutional unit is it a part of? (n=105)

English department

Where is the writing center located? *Note: From this point on, writing center refers to both free-standing and those located within another unit. (n=157)

Academic building

Is there a mission statement for the writing center? (n=153)

No

Are there explicit goals for the writing center? (n=152)

Yes

How are the goals assessed? (n=104)

Center usage statistics

What services does the writing center offer? (n=155)

Face-to-face consultations

Other

Writing centers--Consultations

How many face-to-face consultations were conducted in the Fall of 2012? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=83)

1,500

How many face-to-face consultations were conducted in the Spring of 2013? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=85)

1,500

How many face-to-face consultations were conducted in the Summer of 2013? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=84)

100

How many online consultations were conducted in the Fall of 2012? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=82)

1,300

How many online consultations were conducted in the Spring of 2013? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=83)

1,200

How many online consultations were conducted in the Summer of 2013? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=82)

0

What is the average length of a consultation or tutorial session offered? (n=143)

30 minutes

Writing centers--Consultants

Are your writing center consultants undergraduate students? (n=127)

Yes

Are your writing center consultants faculty who teach in the writing program? (n=127)

No

Are your writing center consultants faculty who teach in other academic departments? (n=127)

No

Are your writing center consultants professional tutors? (n=127)

Yes

Are your writing center consultants volunteers? (n=127)

No

Do you have others working as writing consultants? (n=127)

No

During the fall of 2012, approximately how many writing center consultants were undergraduate students? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=72)

12

During the fall of 2012, what percentage of the writing center consultants were undergraduate students? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=72)

67

During the fall of 2012, approximately how many writing center consultants were professional tutors? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=68)

4

During the fall of 2012, what percentage of the writing center consultants were professional tutors? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=68)

33

During the spring of 2013, approximately how many writing center consultants were undergraduate students? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=69)

12

During the spring of 2013, what percentage of the writing center consultants were undergraduate students? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=69)

75

During the spring of 2013, approximately how many writing center consultants were professional tutors? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=65)

4

During the spring of 2013, what percentage of the writing center consultants were professional tutors? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=65)

25

How are consultants working in the writing center initally trained?

Undergraduate students (n=90)Faculty who teach in the writing program (n=77)Faculty who teach in other academic departments (n=21)Professional tutors (n=71)
Full-credit course
Half-credit course
Weekly meetings
Monthly meetings
Workshops before the semesterYesYes
No training required
Other

What on-going professional development opportunities are offered for consultants working in the writing center?

Undergraduate students (n=78)Faculty who teach in the writing program (n=70)Faculty who teach in other academic departments (n=19)Professional tutors (n=66)
Attendance at national conferences
Attendance at regional conferencesYesYes
Presenting at national conferences
Presenting at regional conferencesYesYes
Reading professional journals
Outside speakers
Weekly meetings
Semester inservice or workshop
Written reflections on daily and/or semester work
Meet with directorYesYes
No opportunities available
OtherYesYes

How are consultants working in the writing center compensated?

Undergraduate students (n=96)Faculty who teach in the writing program (n=85)Faculty who teach in other academic departments (n=31)Professional tutors (n=80)
Hourly wageYesYes
Stipend
Tuition waver
Course credit
Faculty salary
Release time
Other

Writing centers--Course-based Peer Tutoring

Does your institution have a writing fellows program (course-based peer tutoring)? (n=143)

Yes

How old is the writing fellows program? (n=24)

3-5 years

How is the writing fellows program funded? (n=24)

Separate budget

Do the writing fellows work both as fellows and in the writing center? (n=21)

Students work both as writing fellows and writing center tutors

Do the writing fellows regularly attend the class they are assigned to work with? (n=22)

No

On average, how many students does each writing fellow work with for a course? (n=18)

8

How are the writing fellows compensated? (n=20)

Hourly wage

Administrative Structures

Who has primary responsibility for administering the first-year writing requirement? (n=127)

Director of first-year writing (FYWD)

How is the FYWD position classified? (n=14)

Hybrid Faculty/Staff-FT

To whom does the FYWD report? (n=14)

Chair of the department

Was the FYWD hired for this position? (n=14)

Yes

Are there others who help to administer the FYW program? (n=131)

Yes

If others help to administer the FYW program, how many? (n=51)

1

Who has primary responsibility for administering the WAC Program? (n=36)

No one

Are there others who help to administer the WAC program? (n=35)

No

Who has primary responsibility for administering the writing/learning center? (n=139)

Separate writing center director or coordinator (WCD)

How is the WCD or LCD position classified? (n=87)

Staff-FT

To whom does the WCD or LCD report? (n=85)

Chair of the department

Was the WCD or LCD director hired for this position? (n=86)

Yes

Are there others who help to administer the writing center? (n=115)

No

What is the teaching load for writing administrators?

All full-time faculty (n=97)FYWD (n=11)WAC director (n=6)WCD (n=79)
0-0Yes
0-1
1-1
1-2 or 2-1
2-2
2-1-2
2-2-2
2-3 or 3-2
3-3
3-1-2
3-1-3
3-4 or 4-3
4-4Yes
4-5 or 5-4
5-5
6-6
OtherYes

What are the job responsibilities for writing administrators?

FYWD (n=14)WAC director (n=8)WCD (n=85)
Teach courses in the first-year writing programYes
Teach courses in the writing program/department (not FYW)
Teach courses outside the writing program/departmentYes
Assess all or some aspects of the writing programYes
Assess the development of student writing on campus
Conduct faculty development with faculty across the disciplines
Consult with individual faculty across the disciplinesYesYes
Consult with departments across the disciplines
Supervise professional staff (writing center director, asst.director, admin asst.)Yes
Supervise tutors (professional and/or peer)Yes
Hire professional staffYes
Hire tutorsYes
Schedule writing courses
Schedule writing centerYes
Place students into writing courses
Facilitate placement exam
Oversee curriculum developmentYes
Train professional staffYes
Train peer tutorsYes
Advertise programYes
Oversee program budgetYes
Tutor studentsYes
Plan eventsYesYes
Serve on university committeesYesYes
Maintain program website
Serve as an academic advisorYesYes
Offer student workshops
Oversee exemption and/or transfer credit
OtherYes