First-Year Writing Program Wins Award

Montclair State University’s First-Year Writing Program has been awarded a 2011-2012 Writing Program Certificate of Excellence from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), an association within the National Council of Teachers of English.

“This award is a timely and welcome recognition of Montclair State University’s determined focus on the development of students’ writing skills, not only through this prize-winning First-Year Writing program but with the Center for Writing Excellence which tutors students at every level, exceptional peer tutoring services, and the strategic identification of writing-intensive courses in every major,” comments Willard Gingerich, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Established in 2004, the award honors up to 20 writing programs a year. The selection committee for the award noted that Montclair State’s program has a solid, sound curriculum, and is also a good model for other schools.

Eligibility criteria for the award are based on a number of factors, including whether the program imaginatively addresses the needs and opportunities of its students, instructors, institution and locale; offers ongoing professional development for faculty of all ranks; and uses current best practices, effective, ongoing assessment, and effective placement procedures. Others look at whether the program models diversity and/or serves diverse communities, if class size is appropriate, and whether the program administrator has academic credentials in writing.

CCCC supports and promotes the teaching and study of college composition and communication by sponsoring meetings and publishing scholarly materials for the exchange of knowledge about composition, composition pedagogy, and rhetoric; supporting a wide range of research on composition, communication, and rhetoric; working to enhance the conditions for learning and teaching college composition and promoting professional development; and acting as an advocate for language and literacy education nationally and internationally.

Montclair State will be publicly recognized for the award on March 23, 2012 at the 2012 CCCC Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri.

For more information about the CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence, including past winners, see