CWEP 2015-2016 Annual Report

San Francisco State University

Committee on Written English Proficiency

Annual Report 2015-2016

Submitted to the Academic Senate Committee on Committees 12 May, 2016

 

I.      Executive Summary for the Academic Year:

A.     Summary of topics and themes

  • Course approvals: CWEP approved two courses for GWAR.
  • Policy:
    • CWEP re-proposed changes to the University Policy on Written Communication to bring the policy into alignment with current conditions and practices, also to allow International Baccalaureate examinations to meet first- and second-year composition requirements, and to change the minimum grade GWAR to C-. The policy was passed by the Senate in May 2016.
    • CWEP examined the challenges of graduate writing and constituted a subcommittee to further investigate.
    • CWEP assisted the Dean of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning in identifying desirable characteristics for a University Writing Center.
  • Faculty development: CWEP helped organized several writing-based sessions at the January faculty retreat as well as supported the Director of WAC/WID in organizing brown bag lunches centered on writing-based topics.
  • Assessment and pedagogy: CWEP was briefed on hybrid/online writing classes offered at SF State; and it was briefed by Academic Technologies on the new Portfolium product.

B.     Significant changes that have affected the Committee’s work over the year.

The new Director and Associate Directors of WAC/WID provided renewed leadership for campus-wide writing efforts.


 

II.     Committee Information and Review of Activities for the Academic Year:

A.     Roster

Voting Members:

Name

Position/Role

Department

Juliana Van Olphen

Director of WAC/WID

Health Education

Jennifer Trainor

Composition Director designee

English

Priya Abeywickrama

Coordinator of CMS

English

Paul Morris

English department representative

English

Kendra Van Cleave (Fall)

Nicole Allensworth (Spring)

Library representative

Library

Theresa Roeder

Chair; BUS representative

Decision Sciences

Anne Krause

COSE representative

Mathematics

Cassandra Stewart

HSS representative

Kinesiology

VACANT

GCOE representative

 

VACANT

College of Ethnic Studies representative

 

Betsy Blosser

At-large member

BECA

Jennifer Swanson (Fall)

Peter Ingmire

Associate Director of WAC/WID

LAC representative

LAC

VACANT

Associated Students representatives

 

 

Non-Voting Members:

Name

Position/Role

Department

Lori Beth Way

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning, Dean of UEAP designee

DUEAP

Ann Hallum Misook Kim

Dean of Graduate Studies

Dean of Graduate Studies designee

DGS

Kinesiology

Nancy Gerber

EPC representative

Chemistry

Cecilia Hermann

DUEAP appointee

DUEAP

 

B.     Regular Meeting Schedule and Committee Meetings:

CWEP meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 10:10 AM to 12:00 PM during the two-semester academic year. Regular meeting location is the NEC Room.

 

In Fall 2015, CWEP met:

  • September 9: Betsy Blosser, Ceci Herrmann, Paul Morris, Theresa Roeder, Jennifer Trainor, Kendra van Cleave, Deborah van Dommelen, Juliana Van Olphen, Lori Beth Way
  • October 14: Priya Abeywickrama, Betsy Blosser, Nancy Gerber, Ceci Herrmann, Anne Krause, Theresa Roeder, Cassandra Stewart, Jennifer Swanson, Jennifer Trainor, Kendra van Cleave, Lori Beth Way; Guests: Andrea Taylor, Maggie Beers


 

  • October 28: Priya Abeywickrama, Betsy Blosser, Anne Krause, Ceci Herrmann, Jennifer Summit, Jennifer Swanson, Deborah VanDommelen, Juliana Van Olphen, Paul Morris, Kendra Van Cleave, Lori Beth Way, Ann Hallum, Theresa Roeder, Jennifer Trainor; Guests: Tyler (English Tutoring Center), Keiren (CARP), Kris (CARP), Morris Head, Nora Skully, John Holland

In Spring 2016, CWEP met:

  • February 10: Priya Abeywickrama, Betsy Blosser, Anne Krause, Paul Morris, Kendra Van Cleave, Juliana Van Olphen, Theresa Roeder, Jennifer Trainor, Lori Beth Way
  • February 24: Priya Abeywickrama, Betsy Blosser, Nancy Gerber, Ann Hallum, Ceci Herrmann, Peter Ingmire, Misook Kim, Anne Krause, Paul Morris, Theresa Roeder, Jennifer Trainor, Kendra van Cleave, Juliana Van Olphen, Lori Beth Way; Guest: Neil Lindeman
  • March 9: Priya Abeywickrama, Betsy Blosser, Nancy Gerber, Ceci Hermann, Peter Ingmire, Misook Kim, Anne Krause, Theresa Roeder, Juliana van Olphen, Lori Beth Way
  • April 27: Priya Abeywickrama, Betsy Blosser, Nancy Gerber, Peter Ingmire, Misook Kim, Anne Krause, Theresa Roeder, Jennifer Trainor, Juliana van Olphen, Lori Beth Way
  • May 11: Priya Abeywickrama, Betsy Blosser, Nancy Gerber, Ceci Herrmann, Peter Ingmire, Misook Kim, Paul Morris, Theresa Roeder, Juliana Van Olphen; Guest: Mike Hammer

C.     Action Items

Item

Status

Comments

Approved BIOL 670 as a GWAR course.

Completed 2/24/16.

 

Approved CD 676 as a GWAR course.

Completed 5/11/16.

 

Resubmitted changes to the University Policy on Written English to APC for consideration.

New policy approved by Senate 5/3/16.

The updates bring the policy into alignment with current conditions and practices; allow International Baccalaureate examinations to meet first- and second-year composition requirements; change the minimum grade for GWAR to C-; and update division names and titles to reflect the new Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning.

Helped organize four writing-based sessions at the January faculty retreat.

Completed.

 

Were briefed on hybrid/online writing courses on campus.

Completed.

John Holland gave a presentation on the newly-developed hybrid ENG 214. Neil Lindeman gave an overview of TPW’s efforts to become a completely online program.

Were briefed on the new ePortfolio system Portfolium.

Completed.

Andrea Taylor and Maggie Beers presented an overview of the new system, and later a follow-up on the implementation.

Determined that GE A2 and the Written English Requirement 1; and GE A4 and the Written English Requirement 2 were identical.

Ongoing.

Bacchalaureate Requirements Policy and Written English Policy may need to be updated. CS/DPR will need to recoded.

Agreed to take over responsibility for approving writing-based GE classes.

Ongoing.

Bacchalaureate Requirements Policy and Written English Policy may need to be updated.

Discussed the availability of remediation for newly-admitted graduate students not meeting Level One proficiency.

Ongoing.

Constituted a subcommittee to gather data on affected students, available classes, class contents.

Discussed challenges of multilingual students enrolling in appropriate 1st year composition classes.

Ongoing.

 

Assisted Director of WAC/WID on GWAR report.

Ongoing.

Report will be submitted to Senate in Fall 2016.

Assisted the Director of WAC/WID organize writing-based brown bag lunches.

Ongoing.

The monthly lunches began in spring and are expected to continue in the next AY.

Consulted with the Director of WAC/WID on newsletter and web site items.

Ongoing.

 

Assisted Dean of UEAP in identifying desirable characteristics of a University Writing Center.

Ongoing.

Dean Summit has had scheduling conflicts that have prevented her from attending most meetings. CWEP will continue to assist as possible/needed.

Considered question of “recertifying” GWAR classes.

Tabled.

Will revisit question when GE recertification process has been established.

 

III.   Committee Recommendations for the upcoming Academic Year:

A.     Re: Committee Charge:

The Committee Charge should be updated to include writing-based GE course approvals.

B.     Re: Committee Membership:

The Committee might consider including representatives from CARP and/or the English Tutoring Center.

C.     To the Senate:

No additional items beyond the above.


 

D.    To next year’s Committee:

In addition to ongoing action items, the Committee should consider:

  • Update membership and ensure wide representation.
  • Assess and approve new GWAR course proposals.
  • Continue to advocate for University Writing Center.
  • Continue to support the improvement of graduate student writing.
  • Re-examine the score cut-offs for Advanced Placement tests that are accepted to meet first- and second-year composition requirements.
  • Investigate effectiveness of lower-division writing classes in preparing students for upper-division writing and careers post-graduation.
  • Develop resource for common language in writing education.
  • Conduct indirect assessment of GWAR classes (Darryl Dieter).
  • Discuss how CWEP can champion the achievements of GWAR faculty with respect to RTP.
  • Provide information to GWAR faculty on GWAR as a research opportunity with respect to SOTL (Scholarship on Teaching and Learning).
  • Implement a PR campaign to raise awareness about the importance of writing, ease resistance towards teaching writing.
  • Assist the WAC/WID Director as needed.
  • Improve communication with other groups on campus and beyond the campus.

 

IV.   Endorsement by the Committee

The Committee unanimously endorsed the report on May 11, 2016.