President Obama set an ambitious goal in his first State of the Union address when he said, “By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” In 2010, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) responded to President Obama and others of the “college completion agenda” by “pledging to increase student completion rates by 50 percent over the next decade.” Since then, reform has been everywhere: in developmental education, in K-12 curriculum via the Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessment, in placement practices, in definitions of college readiness, etc. All of these reforms are aimed at moving more students more rapidly into English 101 and thus toward successful completion of degrees and certificates. English 101 has not been scrutinized at the state and national levels—yet. But we believe that English 101 will be the “next space” for reform as the year 2020, now less than five years away, approaches. How can we, as English instructors, literacy experts, teachers and program administrators, be proactive to shape and own our curricula and pedagogies and to assure our students are best served by these reforms? Come together with colleagues from your neighboring institutions and across the state to share ideas and develop strategies for determining what first-year composition will look like in the year 2020.
- To leverage the moment: curricular reform at the national, state, and local levels
- To contextualize the WPA Outcomes Statement
- To map the complex geographies of English 101 across the state (via pre-gathered data)
- To build relationships of trust and shared interest regionally and statewide
Invitation: Due to limited space, we ask that each of the 34 Washington Community and Technical Colleges (CTCs) and Baccalaureate Institutions (BIs) send 1 representative from their English department to this event. Sign up here. Participants will receive a confirmation e-mail on Monday, October 5th, with parking information, directions, and other materials.
Waitlist: If you would like to send additional faculty members, please indicate on the Waitlist. We will contact you after October 5th if space is available.
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 2nd, 2015
Cost: This event is free. While SBCTC cannot reimburse for mileage, parking at Spokane Falls Community College will be paid for by the Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (ATL) department. The event will include coffee service, a light breakfast, and lunch.