Members of the English Department have been part of the CONNECT Writing Group since 2005. During this time we have

  • Established Common Outcome Goals for first-year English at six colleges—Bridgewater State College, Bristol Community College, Cape Cod Community College, Massasoit Community College, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and UMass Dartmouth
  • Held annual Connect Composition Conferences for the past four years
  • Presented our program at three of the Conferences on College Composition and Communication in Chicago and the NEASC/NEAAN Assessment Conference at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, ME
  • Led workshops at the 9th Annual Community College Conference on Teaching and Learning and Student Development in Worcester and NECIT Conferences at UMass Boston
  • Presented our work at Bridgewater State College’s CART Celebration
  • Compiled information for an instructors’ resource handbook that is now available on CD
  • Received a $40,000 grant from the Calderwood Foundation and used it to fund web development and support co-editors for the Online Resource Guide
  • Reached out to selected high school English Department chairs
  • Initiated campus discussions, including writing in other disciplines (across curriculum)
  • Addressed assessment of the Connect Writing Project
  • Traveled to regional colleges to present our program.

Adapted from a report by:
Patricia White
Campus Coordinator for the Connect Writing Group
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth