Dear Betsy (and colleagues):
Yes, the WPA Statement has been useful as a good example of an outcomes
statement -- even if not directly applicable here at U of T, where we do
everything we can think of to teach writing except offer first-year
(definitely an Inkshedder in terms of a community of online talk,
including quick questions and answers, even when too busy to do more
Betsy Sargent wrote:
> Dear Inkshedders (whatever that may mean!),
> I ended my previous email with a statement of gratitude for the online
> community of Inkshed and am now hoping for an occasion to be even more
> grateful, even at this busy time of year. I'm hoping for a simple
> "yes" or "no" from anyone who's listening (see the question below).
> Apparently, Canadian organizations are no more prone to introspection
> than US ones, since WPA (the Council of Writing Program
> Administrators)--because it is turning 30 this year--is devoting two
> sessions to introspection at the Modern Language Association
> Convention (Dec. 27-30 in Philadelphia). Having just finished giving
> my exams, I'm realizing that I foolishly promised (long ago) to say
> something at one of these sessions about possible useful roles for the
> WPA in Canada. If any of you have thoughts on that subject, I'm all
> ears (on- or off-line), but most important to me right now is a
> one-word reply to the following question.
> Has the WPA Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition been useful
> to you in your work in Canada in any way, as a CASLL/Inkshed member
> (that is, a person who is interested in Language and Learning)?
> Yes or No?
> I'll paste in below the URL for the WPA Outcomes Statement, but it
> actually is more useful to me if you just give a quick reply off the
> top of your head, without checking the statement out (on the
> assumption that if it's been useful in any way to you so far, you'd
> already have some impression of it, good or bad--and if it hasn't,
> you'll know that without needing to invest any time in reading it,
> whether for the 10th or the first time).
> Please feel free to just say "no" (if, for instance, you have no idea
> what I'm talking about or if you have never used the WPA Outcomes
> Statement for any purpose whatsoever or if you feel neutral towards it
> or if you feel it's pernicious in some way).
> Also please feel free to just say "yes" (if you don't have time to go
> into any detail about how you used it, I can always email you directly
> for further details, not that you'd need to give them). A quick "yes"
> or "no" would more useful to me than a decision to wait to respond
> because you have a lot to say about the WPA Outcomes Statement and no
> time to say it now (though as I say, anything you have to say about it
> would interest me--just feel free to do that later, if you don't have
> time now).
> I won't be mentioning any names in connection with these "yes" or "no"
> answers--just doing a quick total (how many answers online within 48
> hours, how many were "yes," how many were "no"). If you email me
> anything further about the WPA or its statement, let me know if you
> want your comments to be attributed to you by name or not.
> Many many thanks! Betsy
> I'm pasting in here a description of and invitation to these two WPA
> sessions (plus reception) from the WPA website, in case anyone is
> interested (talk about group identity confusion--I'm a WPA member even
> though I'm not a Writing Program Administrator):
> Dear WPA Members and Friends:
> If you're going to MLA in Philadelphia this year, please note these
> WPA events on your convention schedules:
> (more details available at
> Panel: “Moving toward Inclusion: Thirty Years of the Council of
> Writing Program Administrators,” Friday, December 29th, 1:45–3:00
> p.m., Room 307 of the Philadelphia Marriott (internationalization is
> one of the issues being discussed in this session).
> Panel: “Challenges of the Future: Foregrounding Diversity in the WPA
> Palette” Saturday, December 30th, noon to 1:15, Room 302 of the
> Philadelphia Marriott.
> WPA 30th Anniversary Reception: 5:00-7:00 on the evening of Friday,
> December 29 at the Hilton Garden Inn (1100 Arch St) in Philadelphia,
> sponsored by the Council of Writing Program Administrators, the
> Philadelphia Writing Program Administrators, Temple University, and
> York College of Pennsylvania.
> Please join us if you're in Philadelphia!
> Shirley Rose
> Below are two URLs for the WPA Outcomes Statement (I hope they both
> work, but the second one, posted at the U of A Writing Task Force
> website, should definitely work--if it doesn't, please let me know).
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