Connecting Critical Reading, Critical Thinking and Scholarly Writing through Innovative, Connected, Open Source Materials
Abstract: Faculty at St. Catherine University, in an interdisciplinary liberal arts and sciences department serving associate degree students, set out to translate student writing potential into consistent college-level writing. The faculty decided that for students to realize consistent college-level writing, the associate degree programs needed a systems approach to teaching writing that could be used across multiple disciplines and that also would be free and accessible to students. Eventually, this seed of an idea, would grow into what is now known as RTW—a systems approach to teaching and learning critical reading (R), thinking (T), and writing (W). Because of this attention to integrating critical skills in disciplinary coursework via free access to online learning materials, all remedial course requirements were removed. Time to student completion of degrees and student expenses were reduced, while student success and retention were improved.
Presider: Lauren Menard, Grand Canyon University