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Welcome to the College Section

The College Section of NCTE supports the exploration of English Studies in a variety of collegiate settings that include higher education institutions and early colleges.  We are educators who teach English, composition, and literacy studies across the disciplines in colleges and universities, especially to undergraduate students.  

The publication of the College Section is College English, the professional journal of the college scholar-teacher.

The College Section is committed to intellectual freedom and diversity and participates actively in NCTE intellectual freedom and diversity initiatives.

Meet the Newly Elected Members of the CSSC!

Congratulations to Steven Alvarez (University of Kentucky-Lexington), Shelley Rodrigo (Old Dominion University), and Beth Godbee (Marquette University) for their election to the College Section Steering Committee. Their service will begin on Sunday, November 22, 2015.

Policy Analysis Initiative

Learn more about the NCTE Policy Analysis Initiative, a network of NCTE, CCCC, and TYCA volunteers who are tracking state policy developments impacting English language arts, English studies, literacy, and the humanities. These volunteers, one covering P12 education and one covering higher education in each state, provide other members with analyzed information about state policies.

CCCC Annual Convention

April 6-9, 2016, Houston, TX
Writing Strategies for Action

Check out the online, searchable program!

Program Chair Linda Adler-Kassner writes, "For over five decades, writing researchers and teachers have explored the many things that writing is, the many things that writing does, and the many roles that it plays for individuals and groups. From these efforts, some broad points of consensus have emerged from our research and practices...At the same time, though, debates about what writing is, does, and can do sometimes don’t reflect this knowledge...[For example, t]here are signs that the open access movement that brought diverse students and diverse voices into the academy, a movement that has contributed in important ways to our ethos and identity as a discipline, seems to be moving in reverse...Each of these actions suggest potential consequences for different students and institutions. They point to the need for strategic action. This action requires that we continue to articulate—for ourselves and to and with others—what writing is and does."

Read more from 2016 Program Chair Linda Adler-Kassner, University of California, Santa Barbara.

New College Level Books

On MultimodalityOn Multimodality: New Media in Composition Studies
Jonathan Alexander and Jacqueline Rhodes argue that composition’s embrace of new media and multimedia often makes those media serve the rhetorical ends of writing and composition, as opposed to exploring the rhetorical capabilities of those media.

CCCC/NCTE Studies in Writing & Rhetoric (SWR) series. CCCC 2015 Outstanding Book Award winner.

Students' Right to Their Own Language

Students' Right to Their Own Language: A Critical Sourcebook
This critical sourcebook revisits the complexities of one of the most controversial statements in CCCC history. Perspectives are collected from some of the field's most influential scholars to provide a foundation for understanding the historical and theoretical context informing the affirmation of all students' right to exist in their own languages.

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