The Mountain View College Culture of Writing Festival is an expression of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and its commitment to celebrating cultural voices in our community. Participants and attendees can look forward to a variety of workshops, shared-presentations, and performances, which address the academic concept of "Writing across the Curriculum." This effort supports plans like the DCCCD's "You're Hired" emphasis, "Guided Pathways" and similar degree planning approaches, and the four goals of the Texas 60x30TX strategic plan.
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Writing across the curriculum is a pedagogical movement that began in the 1980s. Generally, writing across the curriculum programs share the philosophy that writing instruction should happen across the academic community and throughout a student's undergraduate education. Writing across the curriculum programs also value writing as a method of learning. Finally, writing across the curriculum acknowledges the differences in writing conventions across the disciplines, and believes that students can best learn to write in their areas by practicing those discipline-specific writing conventions. WAC-designated courses tend to apply one or both of the following approaches.
This pedagogical approach values writing as a method of learning. When students write reactions to information received in class or in reading, they often comprehend and retain the information better. Writing can also help students work through confusing new ideas and apply what they learn to their own lives and interests. Also, because students write more frequently, they become more comfortable with writing and are able to maintain or even improve upon their writing skills. WTL assignments are typically short and informal and can be performed either in or out of class. Examples include writing and reading journals, summaries, response papers, learning logs, problem analyses, and more.
This approach recognizes that each discipline has its own unique language conventions, format, and structure. In other words, the style, organization, and format that is acceptable in one discipline may not be at all acceptable in another. WID believes that to participate successfully in the academic discourse of their community, students must be taught discipline-specific conventions and should practice using these conventions. Some common WID assignments are reports, literature reviews, project proposals, and lab reports. WID assignments can also be combined with WTL activities to help students think through key concepts, ideas, and language of in their disciplines.
The first and primary goal of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30TX strategic plan is for 60% of Texas citizens between 25-34 years old to hold a college degree or certificate in the year 2030. However, the latest data published in the 2016-17 THECB 60x30TX report suggests that trends in college degree completion rates between 2005 and 2015 pose serious challenges to meeting this goal. Failure to meet 60x30TX goals will mean that fewer and fewer people entering the burgeoning Texas population will be able to secure long-term gainful employment, and, according to former Texas state demographer Steve Murdock, the overall quality of life in Texas will decline proportionately.
This conference is funded by Mountain View College and facilitated by members of the Mountain View College Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): "The Pen is Our Power." This conference is only one of many initiatives serving our goal "to nurture a culture of writing" and helps us to fulfill our mission "to empower people and to transform communities.