for Public Policy
Liberal Arts Education
Sexuality and the Transnational
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Working Groups and Projects
Writing at Macalester
A working group, funded by the Hewlett Liberal
Arts Grant, met during the 2001-2002 academic year and drafted a
set of recommendations for how Macalester might strengthen our support
of excellence in student writing. Click here
to read their full report. Their recommendations are summarized
||Improve "W" course designations
||The College should establish a
clear list of outcomes for student writing in first year courses,
and assist faculty in meeting these objectives.
||Departments and Programs should
establish a clear list of outcomes for student writing in
||The College should run a pilot
program assessing the use of a standard text for FY courses
(Transition to College Writing ).
||The CST and MAX Center should provide
teaching materials handouts, guides, sample assignments,
books, etc.- for faculty.
||The MAX Center should increase
Web support for students .
||The MAX Center should provide MAX
Center Liaisons with "W" courses.
||The College should institute student
writing prizes/ publications.
||Bring outside consultants and speakers
to campus to discuss the ways other institutions teach writing.
||Faculty incentive for teaching
||Pilot lab in FY course on bibliographic
and information technology skills.
||Investigate an e-portfolio, possibly
||Consider financial assistance to
enable each FY student to purchase a computer (notebook or
desktop for room), based on financial need.
||Accountability for writing instruction.