As colleges have the right to expect of writing specialists the highest level of performance, so they have the obligation to extend the greatest possible support. To do less is to compromise writing instruction for future generations of American students. Working from this assumption, the purpose of this statement is to examine the conditions which undermine the quality of postsecondary writing instruction and to recommend alternatives to those conditions. The statement proposes that the responsibility for the university’s mission to help students to develop their critical powers as readers and writers, should be vested in tenure-line faculty. Furthermore, it provides guidelines for the professional recognition and treatment of part-time and temporary full-time faculty during the period when these positions are being transformed to the tenure track.
Read the full statement, Statement of Principles and Standards for the Postsecondary Teaching of Writing (October 1989)