This summer, the university where I teach has seen fit to form a Task Force (caps both necessary and utterly not) on the teaching of writing. Some professors “up the chain” in other departments feel dissatisfied with the quality of writing they get from students who have completed at least one semester of the required first-year writing courses. I couldn’t agree more with their dissatisfaction, yet I couldn’t agree less with their methods of trying to remedy it. The way this has come to pass feels more like shit rolling downhill than any authentic attempt at improvement, an Internal Affairs inquiry when what we need is actual professional collaboration.
The formation of the Task Force represents how much the university cares about writing across the curriculum and in all fields, ostensibly. So let’s take a look at the evidence of that care and reflection, shall we?
The university cares so…
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