WPAs, Writing Programs and the Common Reading Experience

Benz, Brad; Comer, Denise; Juergensmeyer, Erik; Lowry, Margaret
September 2013
WPA: Writing Program Administration - Journal of the Council of ;Fall2013, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p11
Academic Journal
Community colleges, colleges, and universities around the United States are instituting common reading programs. These programs often involve prematriculate first-year students reading a common text (or set of texts) and then, once on campus, participating in a range of related academic and/or co-curricular activities. While the goals and administrative roles of common reading experiences (CREs) vary by institution, nearly all intersect with writing programs and the work of writing program administrators (WPAs). These intersections are largely unexplored in writing studies scholarship, despite the fact that CREs are closely connected with reading and writing practices of flrst-year students. This article draws on three divergent WPA experiences with CREs (University of Texas at Arlington, Duke University, and Fort Lewis College) in order to explore the complexities informing how WPAs choose to productively respond to, strengthen, resist, and/or otherwise engage with the CRE.


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