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The Outcomes Book

Debate and Consensus after the WPA Outcomes Statement

edited by Susanmarie Harrington, Keith Rhodes, Ruth Fischer, and Rita Malenczyk

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The WPA Outcomes Statement represents a working consensus among composition scholars about what college students should learn and do in a composition program. But as a single-page document, the statement cannot convey the kind of reflective process that a writing program must undertake to address the learning outcomes described.

The Outcomes Book relates the fuller process by exploring the matrix of concerns that surrounded the developing statement itself, and by presenting the experience of many who have since employed it in their own settings.

For departments, programs, and individuals, this collection levers The Outcomes Statement in all its simplicity and complexity into a rich discussion of the programmatic essentials of writing theory and pedagogy—and what these look like in writing programs informed by The Outcomes Statement. It is written in the hope that faculty and administrators alike will use the Statement as a tool for cyclically reflecting on their own programs and practice.


Susanmarie Harrington is director of Writing in the Disciplines and a professor of English at the University of Vermont. Her publications include Basic Writing as a Political Act and The Outcomes Book: Debate and Consensus in the Wake of the Council of Writing Program Administrators' Outcomes Statement.

Keith Rhodes, after an earlier career as a lawyer, completed a master's and doctorate in rhetoric and composition. He served as coordinator of composition at Northwest Missouri State University from 1994-1999. He then moved to Missouri Western State College, where he served as director of developmental writing and writing placement. He has now returned to the practice of law.

Ruth Fischer received her PhD in English with an emphasis in rhetoric and linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has taught in the English Department at George Mason University since 1987 and was the director of composition from 1998-2003.

Rita Malenczyk is professor of English and director of the Writing Program and Writing Center at Eastern Connecticut State University. She is the editor of A Rhetoric for Writing Program Administrators, now in its second edition, and a past president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators.

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  • Paperback Price: $26.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87421-604-2
  • Ebook Price: $18.95
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $5.99
  • EISBN: 978-0-87421-502-1
  • Publication Year: 2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Susanmarie Harrington, Keith Rhodes, Ruth Fischer, and Rita Malenczyk
  • ECommerce Code: 978-0-87421-604-2
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