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2019 May TETYC, v46.4

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Level(s): College

ISBN/ISSN: 0098-6291


Editor’s Introduction: Creating Equitable Two-Year College English Programs
Holly Hassel

Feature: A Critical Race Analysis of Transition-Level Writing Curriculum to Support the Racially Diverse Two-Year College
Jamila Kareem
This article applies critical race theory to an institutional analysis of writing curricular outcomes to assist two-year college writing program administrators, curriculum coordinators, and instructors with examining the racist implications of writing curriculum outcomes and to develop antiracist curricula that support the academic, professional, and civic success of the majority of their students.

Feature: Where Theory and Praxis Collide: Supporting Student-Led Writing Center Research at Two-Year Colleges
Genie Giaimo
This article demonstrates the important role that student researchers play in developing two-year college writing center assessment. As part of a tutoring practicum assignment, students from Bristol Community College co-designed a survey that assessed the perceptions of students who do and do not utilize a writing center at their mid-sized community college. Students collected 865 responses between 2014 and 2015. This article provides a road map to developing student-led RAD research through a two-year college writing center and its attendant course; it also shares positive pedagogical and programmatic outcomes from the project.

Feature: Writing Proficiency and Student Placement in Community College Composition Courses
Jane S. Nazzal, Carol B. Olson, and Huy Q. Chung
Despite national efforts to accelerate students through precollegiate writing course sequences to transfer-level composition, questions persist regarding appropriate placement and the support needed for students to succeed. An analytical text-based writing assessment was administered to students across four levels of composition courses at a California community college. Differences in student writing scores between course levels and the relationship between writing score, course level, and high school GPA were examined. Key findings include (1) significant differences in average scores between the first precollegiate course and other courses in the sequence and (2) weak relationships between course level and high school GPA and assessment scores and high school GPA.

Instructional Note: Hermit Crabs to the Rescue: Using Creative Nonfiction as a Bridge to Academic Prose
Jennifer Young
This article describes a one-session classroom activity that employs an unusual creative nonfiction genre (the hermit crab essay) to initiate first-year writers into the practice of successfully integrating academic research in their work. I share step-by-step instructions for implementation, along with classroom resources and materials necessary to conduct the assignment.


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