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OhioWINS prepares students for the rigors of college and workplace writing Magnitude of the problem Ohio finding solutions Professional development for teachers Positive results in the classroom The Magnitude of the Problem
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Magnitude of the problem
Ohio finding solutions
Professional development for teachers
Positive results in the classroom
“In 2001, colleges [nationally] required nearly one-third of first-year students to take remedial courses in reading, writing, or mathematics.”
21% of incoming freshmen take remedial English courses.
Ohio Board of Regents, 2006
College instructors estimate that 50% of high school graduates are not ready for college-level English composition courses.
public colleges spent approximately $15 million teaching 260,000 credit hours of high-school level courses to freshmen in 2000;
another $8.4 million was spent on older students.
“The cost of remediation for the 20,000 freshman in the state amounted to an additional $15 million in tuition.
Remedial courses account for 3.6% of total undergraduate costs.”
Weekly Earnings and EducationFourth Qtr. 2006
Less than a highschool diploma
High school graduates,no college
Some college orassociate degree
Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers: Fourth Quarter 2006"
“… some [applicants] don't have a college education and lack the basic foundation for the business world:
Yolanda Garcia, project manager of security at Schlumberger Network Solutions, Houston
OhioWINS was created to respond to Ohio's need to better prepare students to be proficient writers.
Summer Writing Institutes
Adult Workforce Education
Summer Writing InstitutesEleven summer writing institute sites
Cuyahoga Community College
Kent State University
The Ohio State University
Shawnee State University
University of Akron
University of Cincinnati
University of Toledo
Wright State University
Youngstown State University
“Nowhere else has there been a platform for writing educators to have continued discussions about the best practices for teaching writing and preparing our students for their college careers.”
“I’ve managed to make good use of what I learned while still adhering to what CPS [Cincinnati Public Schools] requires of me. And I have seen the changes in my teaching affect my students’ writing for the better.”
“My classes at the institute had much to do with my success as a teacher and my students’ success on the OGT.”
Writing remediation costs American businesses as much as $3.1 billion annually.
National Commission on Writing, 2004
Assignments based on writing needs of students
High-quality professional development programs in writing instruction
Access to peer-reviewed, standards-aligned resources
Share best practices in the field
Show results in the classroom