This article describes the educational reform efforts surrounding writing placement in one state context. We propose that placement offers a particularly useful engagement point because it is often controlled by state-level policies and it directly impacts the lived experience of first-year college students. To document how we worked across institutions in our state, we describe a series of events that occurred over several years and that fostered collaborative exchanges. Then, we explore the challenges and opportunities afforded by our long-term engagement with policymakers. Ultimately, we propose strategies that writing program administrators might consider as they become engaged with state-level higher education policy.
This document was originally published by Council of Writing Program Administrators in WPA: Writing Program Administration - Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Estrem, Heidi; Shepherd, Dawn; and Duman, Lloyd. (2014). "Relentless Engagement with State Educational Policy Reform: Collaborating to Change the Writing Placement Conversation". WPA: Writing Program Administration - Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, 38(1), 88-128.