Inside Higher Ed
July 23rd, 2015
When the English faculty at Delta College in Michigan set four hours
as the amount of time instructors would spend each week with students in
the college’s introductory writing course, professors were under the
impression that it was a permanent change. The college’s president had
something else in mind.
The two-year community college has found itself as the battleground
over the issue of who has the final say over curriculum changes. English
professors say that President Jean Goodnow is overstepping her role in
violation of the college’s Senate policies -- and it isn’t the first
time she has been criticized for her management of the college.
In 2010, Delta’s Curriculum Council signed off on a series of changes
to the college’s English curriculum, including adding an hour to the
required composition course, English 111. Faculty used the new hour,
which was designated as a contact or workshop hour -- not a credit hour
-- to expand the topics covered in the course to include source and
research-based writing and to spend more time individually working with
students on writing.