Salt Lake Community College

Sites of Writing--General Description

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

Yes

What is the institutional home of the writing program or department? (n=97)

English Department

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

Yes

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

Yes

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

Yes

Is WAC part of the writing program or department? (n=70)

Yes

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)

Yes

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

Yes

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

Yes

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)

Portfolio

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)

I don't know.

Assessment

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)

No

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

Yes

Which changes have taken place in regards to assessment? (n=133)

A college-wide assessment was added.

A required portfolio was added for all students.

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)

Additional full-time WPA/WCD positions were created.

Other

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

Yes

How did the writing program change? (n=98)

Other

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

Yes

Which changes to the staffing of the writing program or center have taken place over the past 10 years? (n=114)

Part-time teaching positions were added.

Full-time, non-tenure-line teaching positions were added.

Tenure-line teaching positions were added.

Peer tutoring positions were added.

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

Yes

If there were any additional changes to the writing program or the sites of writing at your institution not already mentioned, please explain.

Added WAC Director

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 the administrative structures

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

Changes to the types of staffing

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

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

Department chair

Other

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)

Paper portfolio

E-portfolio

Random sample

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

Institutional faculty

English faculty

First-Year Writing/ English Composition--Curriculum

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

Genre/ Modes

Themes

WAC/ Topic-Based

Other

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

multi-modal genres

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

If the content of the second FYW course differs from the first course, what is the content of the second course? See Note 5. (n=60)

Writing About Writing (WAW)

WAC/ Topic-Based

First-Year Writing/ English Composition--Enrollment Caps

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

25

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

25

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

20

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

20

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)

38

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)

62

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)

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 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?

0

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)

0

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)

Yes

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)

Optional faculty development workshops

Individual meetings with the WPA/WCD

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

Sometimes

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)

Placement Test

Advisor referral

Faculty referral

Student self-referral

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

Required basic writing course

Targeted optional writing courses

Peer tutoring

Workshops

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)

33

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

SAT/ACT scores

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

Stretch model

Intensive 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)

Sentence writing

Paragraph writing

Reading and writing

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)

Peer tutoring

Workshops

Other

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

Yes

What percentage of the student body is placed into ELL writing courses? See Note 4. (n=33)

10

How are students identified and/or placed into ELL writing courses? (n=76)

SAT/ACT/TOFEL

Placement test

Admissions office/ student affairs referral

Self-placement

What is the institutional home of the ELL writing courses? (n=80)

English department

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)

No

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

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

Yes

What form does that faculty development take? (n=35)

Optional faculty workshops

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)

Free-standing

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)

Yes

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

No

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

Face-to-face consultations

Online tutoring via Skype or instant messaging (synchronous)

Online feedback via e-mail (asynchronous)

Assistance with oral presentations

Assistance with Powerpoint or other presentation software

Assistance with new media

Assistance with how to prepare a poster presentation

Writing centers--Consultations

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

2,156

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

1,900

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

679

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

285

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

199

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

83

What percentage of the student body had a writing center consultation during the 2012-13 academic year? See Note 2a & 4. (n=66)

6

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)

Yes

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

No

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

No

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

Yes

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)

8

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

29

During the fall of 2012, approximately how many writing center consultants were faculty who teach in the writing program? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=65)

18

During the fall of 2012, what percentage of the writing center consultants were faculty who teach in the writing program? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=67)

64

During the fall of 2012, approximately how many writing center consultants were volunteers? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=13)

2

During the fall of 2012, what percentage of the writing center consultants were volunteers? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=13)

7

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

9

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

31

During the spring of 2013, approximately how many writing center consultants were faculty who teach in the writing program? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=61)

19

During the spring of 2013, what percentage of the writing center consultants were faculty who teach in the writing program? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=63)

66

During the spring of 2013, approximately how many writing center consultants were faculty who teach in other departments? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=12)

1

During the spring of 2013, what percentage of the writing center consultants were faculty who teach in other academic departments? See Notes 2b & 4. (n=13)

3

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)Volunteers (n=22)
Full-credit courseYesYes
Half-credit course
Weekly meetings
Monthly meetingsYesYes
Workshops before the semesterYes
No training required
OtherYesYes

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)Volunteers (n=20)
Attendance at national conferencesYes
Attendance at regional conferencesYesYesYes
Presenting at national conferencesYesYesYes
Presenting at regional conferencesYesYesYes
Reading professional journalsYesYes
Outside speakersYesYesYesYes
Weekly meetings
Semester inservice or workshopYesYes
Written reflections on daily and/or semester workYesYesYesYes
Meet with directorYes
No opportunities available
Other

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)
Hourly wageYes
Stipend
Tuition waver
Course credit
Faculty salaryYesYes
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)

1-2 years

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

Writing center 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)

10

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)

Chair of the English department

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)

3

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

WAC director

How is the WAC director position classified?

TT

To whom does the WAC director report? (n=8)

Associate dean or provost

Other

Was the WAC director hired for this position?

No

If the WAC director was not hired for this position, how did he/she assume these responsibilities?

Other

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)

Associate dean or provost

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)
0-0
0-1
1-1
1-2 or 2-1YesYes
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
Other

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 programYesYes
Teach courses in the writing program/department (not FYW)
Teach courses outside the writing program/department
Assess all or some aspects of the writing program
Assess the development of student writing on campus
Conduct faculty development with faculty across the disciplinesYes
Consult with individual faculty across the disciplinesYes
Consult with departments across the disciplinesYes
Supervise professional staff (writing center director, asst.director, admin asst.)
Supervise tutors (professional and/or peer)Yes
Hire professional staff
Hire tutorsYes
Schedule writing courses
Schedule writing centerYes
Place students into writing courses
Facilitate placement exam
Oversee curriculum development
Train professional staff
Train peer tutorsYes
Advertise programYesYes
Oversee program budgetYes
Tutor students
Plan eventsYes
Serve on university committeesYesYes
Maintain program websiteYesYes
Serve as an academic advisorYes
Offer student workshopsYesYes
Oversee exemption and/or transfer credit
Other