The Core Composition Sequence at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY

CRC | Course Review Committee

Each year, the CRC provides a venue for fruitful, thought-provoking conversations and collaborations among faculty who teach in the composition program, which is nearly all members of the English department faculty. The CRC is our way of ensuring that faculty governance provides direction to the program as a whole. Faculty teaching in the Composition program during AY 2022-23 are eligible to serve on the CRC.

Brief History and Plans for 2022-23

From approximately 2019-2021, the CRC focused on reading deeply in scholarship focused on issues of equity in composition courses and on drafting a redesigned curriculum structure for English 1200/12A0. This redesign of the English 1200/12A0 curriculum was informed by our equity-focused reading and discussions as well as by our growing knowledge of more contemporary, approaches to composition courses that reflect modern composing, reading, and rhetorical practices.

During the 2021-22 academic year, we finalized the English 1200/12A0 curriculum, including revised Course Learning Outcomes and new sample teaching materials. The revised CLOs were brought to a Department for a vote in Spring 2022.

During the 2022-23 academic year, the CRC will move on to focus on revising the English 2400 curriculum. We will begin by reviewing the two-course sequence prior to the revision of English 1200, before considering what the second course in the sequence should accomplish beyond what is now covered in the first-semester course. For instance, we might determine that students need to be introduced to analyzing and writing about primary data in the second course, and/or that English 2400 should be designed in such a way that it will fulfill the Civic Engagement requirement.

Our work this academic year will include approximately 5 synchronous meetings per semester (fall/spring).  These meetings will be a mix of small and large group formats. Participants are also expected to complete work between the meetings, either individually or in small groups.

Our CUE budget request for 2022-23 was for 15 full time faculty and 4 part time faculty. FT faculty will receive .5 credit hours per semester (1 credit per year) for full CRC participation; PT faculty will receive the equivalent in NTA hours — 12.5 NTA hours per semester (25 per year).


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