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Assessing the Effectiveness of First-Year Writing Programs (11/1/2009, CEA 3/25-27/2010)
full name / name of organization:
Jerry Alexander / College English Association
March 25-27, 2010
The CEA invites proposals for papers focused on the assessment of college-level freshman writing programs. Topics might include but are not limited to the use of outside assessors, standardized tests (NSSE, CLA, etc.), or departmental self-assessment. General questions include, “What makes a freshman writing program effective and how can we assess that effectiveness?”
General Conference Theme: Voices
Before and after the struggle there, writers everywhere have reflected and influenced the events of their day, and from their experience, the great writers have created texts that have become ageless connections to what is past, or passing, or to come.
Their voices also call for us to acknowledge or recognize beauty or to realize or remember significant lessons -- perhaps via a character like Professor Farber from Fahrenheit 451 or a place like a raft on a river in Huckleberry Finn -- with an urgency no less than the Alamo’s. This correspondence we find within ourselves is our human condition -- but it is the capacity to listen for and to those whose message or memory is unlike our own that makes us scholars. Our voices blend with those we admire or abhor -- creating a text, which (if it stands the test of taste and time) will blend with still other voices, like those of our students, newly discovering “a peak in Darien”-- all wishing to be heard and remembered.
In the shadow of San Antonio’s famous symbol of voices that call for attention and allegiance, College English Association asks you to submit papers on any aspect of the theme of Voices.
General Call for Papers
Submission: September 1-November 1, 2009
Thank you for your interest,