Course Review Committee
Over the past few years, the CRC has provided a venue for fruitful, thought-provoking conversations and collaborations among faculty who teach in the composition program. In addition, the CRC is the program’s way of ensuring that faculty who teach Eng 12 and 24 steer the direction of the program as a whole. The CRC has made substantial revisions to the process of collaborative portfolio assessment, the Capstone assessment rubric, the Eng 12 SLOs (student learning outcomes), all of which have grown out of practical and collegial collaborations among CRC faculty.
The CRC is, we hope, a powerful and effective means of providing us–the entire department, and the entire KBCC community–with annual feedback on how well our composition courses are serving our students. This year (Fall-Spring), we hope to convene a committee of 30 current English 12 and 24 instructors. Participation in the CRC is entirely voluntary. This paid committee convenes on an annual cycle, over the Fall and Spring semesters, for a total of a full credit of remuneration (a credit for FT faculty and 25 hours of pay for PT faculty). The committee will review student writing samples, will collaborate on various aspects of their own courses, will read and discuss current scholarship that is relevant to our courses, and will ultimately be charged with the task of producing recommendations for the program based on this work.
The work of the CRC for the Fall 2016-Spring 2017 year will include:
- Approximately 5 face-to-face meetings per semester (Fall/Spring). These meetings will be a mix of small (cohort) and large group formats. At least two large group meetings will include discussions of outside readings drawn from scholarship on teaching and learning reading and writing in FYE.
- Designing a mini-action-research Gen Ed assessment project for your own section of Eng 12 or 24.
- New this year! Participate in your choice of collaboration with your CRCcolleagues. The three options offered this year are: cross-marking a set of papers (lots of variations on this are possible); designing a shared curriculum, activity, or assignment; and classroom intervisitation. I’ll offer more details on these options to those who would like to join the CRC.
- During finals week, CRC members will convene as a large group to reflect on insights from the Fall semester and set an agenda for their work in the Spring.
- During the Spring term, the CRC does not require class-level collaboration nor Gen Ed assessment, which leaves us time to focus on other projects. Based on work in the 2015-16 CRC, this work will focus on:
- Completing revisions to Eng 24 SLOs
- Work on Eng 24 curriculum. In particular, address the issue of how to teach a class in research that maintains a focus on purpose/argument/exigence in the writing students produce. What’s the purpose, across the curriculum, of Eng 24? What do we want it to be?
- Continue to work on clarifying the relationship and articulation between Eng 12 and Eng 24.
- Continue to imbue our work with an awareness of the importance of “habits of mind” in our own teaching practice and to our students’ development.
- Judging the Eng 24 best research essay contest
- Create a CRC “white paper” on the idea of a C minimum grade in Eng 12 and 24.
If you participate in collaborative portfolio assessment for Eng 12, you are still eligible to serve on the CRC and will be compensated at the higher rate of .5 for CRC instead of (not in addition to) the 6 hours for portfolio groups. Along with your usual portfolio meetings, you will join the other CRC members for large format meetings.