Montclair State University’s Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) has
received a 2013-14 CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence from the
Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Founded in 1949,
CCCC, with more than 5,000 members, is the world’s largest professional
organization dedicated to the teaching and scholarship of writing and rhetoric,
in both undergraduate and graduate programs.
One of only five recipients of the award this year, the CWE
was chosen for its ability to argue in positive ways for allocating resources
towards writing and students and for the program’s use of data to drive development
and review. The CWE was also commended for its outstanding assessment program,
funding and placement within the University structure.
“We are deeply honored to receive this prestigious award
especially since we launched the CWE just four years ago and only five other
writing centers have ever received the award,” says Professor Melinda Knight,
director of the Center. “Our consultants have worked very hard to make the CWE
a success, and we are very grateful to have such strong support from Montclair State’s
Established in 2004, the CCCC Writing Program Certificate of
Excellence is awarded to up to 20 writing programs a year. To be eligible for the
award, a program must demonstrate that it imaginatively addresses the needs and
opportunities of its students, instructors, institution and locale and also offer
exemplary ongoing professional development for faculty of all ranks, among
The award will be presented on March 21 at the 2014 CCCC
Annual Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Knight and a number of the CWE
consultants will be on hand to accept the award and to participate in the
convention. Knight will chair a panel at which CWE consultants, Janet Dengel,
Julie Candio Sekel and Nikki Wittenburg will be presenting papers.
The CWE is available to all University students, faculty,
staff and alumni who are committed to developing and improving as writers.
Sessions with experienced writing consultants are designed to provide help on
every aspect of the writing process, with the goal of enabling writers to
achieve long-term improvement, confidence, and independence.
More information about the CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence, including current and past winners, is available at ncte.org/cccc/awards/writingprogramcert.