Thaiss/Porter essay in CCC describes growth of writing across the curriculum in U.S. higher education
"How alive and well is WAC in 2010?" Chris Thaiss and Tara Porter ask this question at the beginning of their article in the new issue of CCC: College Composition and Communication (61:3, February 2010, pp. 534-570). Using their survey results from more than 1100 responding U.S. colleges and universities, they portray the 30% growth and increasing sophistication of writing across the curriculum (WAC) and writing in the disciplines (WID) programs over twenty years. They create a nuanced picture of WAC 2010 by analyzing the statistics and respondent comments on such features as funding, leadership, curriculum, institutional partnerships, and sustainability. They outline priorities for further research and predict an optimistic future for WAC/WID even in tough economic times.