Congratulations to Sue Doe and Kate Kiefer for their gtPathways efforts.  Those efforts have significantly contributed to CSU’s recent ranking in U.S. News and World Report, which recognized CSU as an outstanding example of institutions that encourage “Writing in the Disciplines” – a distinction that helps drive student success, according to U.S. News. This ranking recognizes universities where writing is a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum. Among the 19 universities listed with CSU were Brown University, Cornell University, Duke University, Harvard University, Princeton University and Yale University.


gtPathways Workshop: Kate Kiefer

On Monday, April 1, Kate Kiefer (English Department) will recap the history and development of gtPathways at  3 p.m. in BSB 103: “What is gtPathways and How Does It Affect English?”

Have you ever wondered where gtPathways came from? How the state determines which courses fit into gtPathways? What criteria faculty committees use to determine if a nominated course fits the gtPathways guidelines? This workshop will answer those questions and others as it considers the processes behind gtPathways with English department (E and CO courses) as examples.


Workshop for CO300 Instructors

CO 300 Workshop: Making the Most of the New Textbooks
When: Mon., May 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Eddy 2
Presented by the upper-division composition spring team: Kate Kiefer, Beth Lechleitner, Christina Sutton, and Laura Thomas

Join us for a half-day workshop focused on integrating one of the new textbook selections into your CO300 course. The workshop is for current and prospective CO300 instructors who plan to adopt one of the new recommended texts. It includes a discussion of strategies for designing syllabi and assignments as well as hands-on time to collaborate with fellow instructors. RSVP to by May 16 please.

Check your email for more details.

Upper Division Composition News

At Kate Kiefer’s request, Bev McQuinn, Debra Walker, Ed Lessor, and Kate undertook a comprehensive review of argument textbooks this semester and are preparing to share insights and recommendations with all faculty interested in or currently teaching CO300. We anticipate NO changes in textbook adoptions for spring 2012. We will begin with a roundtable discussion of our review process and most highly ranked texts in February and then follow with a series of workshops later in spring semester. If you have specific issues you would like to be sure we cover in the workshops, please get in touch with one of us.