Invitation to Colleges and Universities to
Participate in the Consortium for the Study of Writing in College
We invite you to participate in an unprecedented opportunity to learn about
writing and the teaching of writing at your institution.
The Council of Writing Program Administrators and the National
Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) have partnered to develop a set of 27
questions about writing and its teaching across the curriculum. In spring 2008,
we administered these questions to 82 US colleges by adding them to the regular
NSSE questions. The responses of 23,000 students provide the broadest snapshot
so far of the writing that US undergraduates do. (Learn more . . . .)
This website will continue to develop as the WPA-NSSE collaboration develops. Our thanks to Glenn Blalock for putting this website together and helping keep it up to date.
Your institution may join a consortium of baccalaureate-granting
institutions that will administer the 27 writing questions to their students in Spring 2009. The results will portray writing and its
teaching at your school. Because the students who complete these questions will
also have answered all of the regular NSSE questions, you will be able to look
at correlations among responses to both sets. (Learn more about the benefits of joining.)
Your institution will also receive identifying information for each student
respondent. Consequently, you will be able to study your students' responses to
the 27 writing questions in relation to other information your institution has
about them, such as their majors, GPAs, demographic characteristics, and so on.
Joining the Consortium for the Study of Writing in College
To be able to participate in the Consortium
for the Study of Writing in College, your institution must do the following:
the NSSE core survey in Spring 2009. (The 27
questions cannot be administered by themselves.)
for the consortium between September 5 and October 5. The consortium will
become one of your institution’s three “comparison groups.” (Each
institution may select up to three.)
Steps for You to Take
your Institutional Research Office to determine whether it will administer
NSSE in Spring 2009.
your institution wishes to join the consortium, ask your IR Office to
register by visiting the NSSE Institutional Interface and signing up for
the consortium at the "Profile" section. If you have questions, you
can receive further instructions and guidance by emailing NSSE Consortia
Managers Dan Bureau and Tony Ribera (firstname.lastname@example.org).
your institution does join the consortium, please email Chuck Paine (email@example.com),
coordinator of the Consortium for the Study of Writing in College (this is
not mandatory, but we'd appreciate knowing who has signed up).
This invitation comes from the four of us, who have worked most
closely on this project: Chuck Paine (consortium coordinator), University of
New Mexico, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Bob Gonyea, Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University-Bloomington, email@example.com; Paul
Anderson, Miami University (Ohio), firstname.lastname@example.org; Chris Anson, North Carolina State
Please write if you have questions or suggestions.