PhD student Jane Nazzal will be presenting at the first TYCA/CCCC National Conference, March 13-16, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The title of her presentation is "Writing Proficiency and Student Placement in Community College Composition Courses."
Despite national efforts to accelerate students through pre-collegiate writing course sequences to transfer-level composition, questions persist regarding appropriate placement and the support needed for students to succeed. This session will present a study that was conducted at a California community college, where a text-based analytical writing assessment was administered to students across four levels of composition courses. 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 pre-collegiate course and other courses in the sequence and (2) weak relationships between high school GPA and course level and high school GPA and assessment scores. These results can help to inform appropriate student placement under various placement policies and to help clarify distinctions between students who are deemed underprepared and those who are considered ready for college-level coursework.
TYCA - Two Year College English Association - is a branch of the National Council of Teachers of English. The organization is committed to identifying and articulating the best theories and practices, and pedagogy in teaching English in the two-year college.
The TYCA/CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication) has selected as this year's inaugural theme "Performance-Rhetoric, Performance-Composition." The conference is offering an opportunity to talk "across country" with two-year college faculty who are facing challenges related to course load, state funding, dual credit, maintaining rigor with underserved student populations, and more.