The Core Writing Program has received the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Writing Program Certificate of Excellence. To earn this designation, a writing program must demonstrate not only best practices in writing instruction, but also responsivity to the needs of its students, instructors and institution; exemplary professional development opportunities for faculty; effective, ongoing assessment and placement procedures; appropriate class sizes based; and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The selection committee specifically praised the Core Writing Program’s recent curriculum revisions that emphasize language diversity and encourage students to reflect and build upon their knowledge about writing. The committee also noted programmatic achievements such fostering respectful, humane, and professional working environment for faculty of all ranks; advocating for and protecting smaller class sizes; and implementing a portfolio model of teaching evaluation. Representatives from the program will accept the award at the 2023 CCCC convention in Chicago.
This award is the culmination of years of program refinement and innovation amid challenging times. Congratulations to the Core Writing administration team (Todd, Jim, Katie, and Joanne), administrative all-star Cami, and all Core Writing committee members and staff.