WPA Consultant-Evaluator Service for Writing Programs

The WPA Consultant-Evaluator service offers colleges and universities the opportunity to improve and assess their writing programs. Employing a method similar to regional accreditation agencies, WPA evaluations occur over several stages. Once a date is confirmed, the WPA C-E Director requests a campus to prepare a written self-study and arranges for a team of two trained consultant-evaluators to participate in a two-day campus visit that eventuates in a co-authored written report. A six-month follow-up report from the campus completes the process.

WPA Consultant-Evaluators are leaders in the field of composition studies and hold positions at a wide range of two- and four-year colleges and universities. All are experienced administrators with a national perspective on composition teaching and writing program administration. Their mission is to determine a program's unique strengths and weaknesses, help resolve local and individual problems, and improve programmatic effectiveness. The "Ethics Guidelines for CWPA Consultant-Evaluators" document articulates the practices that have characterized the work of WPA Consultant-Evaluator Service members since the Service began.

To make use of the service, institutions pay $4000 to cover honoraria for the two consultant-evaluators ($2000 each), a $250 administrative fee, plus travel and lodging for the two consultants.

Applications for the C-E service should be initiated three months prior to a planned visit. For more information, WPAs, department chairs, or college administrators should contact:

Professor Shirley Rose, Director WPA Consultant-Evaluator Service

Writing Programs Director
Department of English
Arizona State University
PO Box 870302
Tempe, AZ 85287-0302
Phone: 840-695-3898
Email: shirley.rose@asu.edu (Please put “C-E Visit” in the subject line.)

Professor Michael A. Pemberton, Associate Director of the WPA C-E Service

Editor, Across the Disciplines
Director, University Writing Center
Department of Writing & Linguistics, P.O. Box 8026
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460
(912) 478-1383

To download a copy of Laura Brady's essay "A Case for Writing Program Evaluation" (WPA 28.1-2 [Fall 2004]), see attachment.

To download a slide presentation describing the C-E Service procedures, see attachment "CWPA C-E Service Q&A."

To download a copy of the "Guidelines for Self-Study to Precede WPA Visit" see attachment.

To download a copy of the "Ethics Guidelines for CWPA Consultant-Evaluators" see attachment.

(Site visitors must be logged-in as registered site users to see and download attachments. Copies may also be requested by emailing Shirley.Rose@asu.edu)

The Consultant-Evaluator Service Committee

Type of Committee: Standing

Membership: Current President; one member of the Consultant-Evaluator panel serving renewable three-year term; two members of the Executive Board serving two- or three-year terms; Director and Associate Director of the CE Service (ex officio)

Reports to: Executive Board

Responsibilities: This committee oversees the operations of the CE Service in consultation with the Director and Associate Director. Its routine responsibilities include the following:

  • helps prepare biannual reports to the Executive Board to be delivered at the CCCC and summer conference Board meetings
  • assists in developing the annual CE workshop at CCCC
  • develops criteria for, nominates, and recommends to the Board new consultant/evaluators
  • provides guidance on future directions for the service
  • periodically evaluates the CE's leadership
  • keeps current the status of consultant/evaluators
  • makes recommendations for and helps to implement formative evaluations of services and operations, including evaluations of training and development
  • nominates and makes recommendations for the appointment of a new Associate Director at term end or does so for the position of Director should the Associate Director not be appointed to that position
  • recommends the renewal of Director's or Associate Director's term when applicable
  • makes recommendations for the expansion or improvement of the service
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