Thursday, July 23, 2015

Who Gets to Decide?

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.

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