WPA Consultant-Evaluator Service for Writing Programs

The WPA Consultant-Evaluator service offers colleges and universities the opportunity to improve and assess their writing programs. Employing a method similar to regional accreditation agencies, WPA C-E evaluations occur over several stages. Once a date is confirmed, the WPA C-E Director requests that a campus to prepare a written self-study and arranges for a team of two trained consultant-evaluators to participate in a two-day campus visit that eventuates in a co-authored written report. A six-month follow-up report from the campus completes the process.

WPA Consultant-Evaluators are leaders in the field of writing studies and hold positions at a wide range of types of two- and four-year colleges and universities. All are experienced administrators with a national perspective on teaching and learning writing and writing program administration. Their mission is to determine a program's unique strengths and weaknesses, help resolve problems within the local institutional context, and improve programmatic effectiveness. The "Ethics Guidelines for CWPA Consultant-Evaluators" document articulates the practices that have characterized the work of WPA Consultant-Evaluator Service members since the Service began.

To make use of the service, institutions pay $4000 to cover honoraria for the two consultant-evaluators ($2000 each), a $250 administrative fee, plus travel and lodging for the two consultants.

NOTE: Due to travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, C-E visits during the 2020-2021 academic year will be conducted virtually.

Applications for the C-E service should be initiated three months prior to a planned visit. For more information, WPAs, department chairs, or college administrators should contact:

Shirley Rose, Co-Director WPA Consultant-Evaluator Service

Professor of Writing, Rhetorics, and Literacies
Department of English
Arizona State University

PO Box 871401
Tempe, AZ 85287-1401
Phone: 480-727-9866
Email: shirley.rose@asu.edu (Please put “C-E Visit” in the subject line.)

Professor Michael A. Pemberton, Co-Director of the WPA C-E Service

Series Editor, Across the Disciplines Books
Director, University Writing Center
Department of Writing & Linguistics, P.O. Box 8026
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460
(912) 478-1383

Laura Brady's essay A Case for Writing Program Evaluation WPA 28.1-2 Fall 2004

Slide presentation describing the C-E Service procedures

Guidelines for Self-Study to Precede C-E Visits

Guidelines and Policies for Virtual WPA Visits

Roster of WPA E-Cs

Ethics Guidelines for CWPA Consultant-Evaluators

(Site visitors must be logged-in as registered site users to see and download attachments. Copies may also be requested by emailing Shirley.Rose@asu.edu)