Hostos Professor Linda Hirsch has helped to bring a Hostos and CUNY program to the world stage. Hirsch, along with Dennis Paoli from Hunter College, contributed a piece about the Writing Across The Curriculum (WAC) program in the web-based book, Writing Programs Wordwide.
Titled, “The City University of New York: The Implementation and Impact of WAC/WID in a Multi-Campus US Urban University,” the piece examines the ongoing WAC initiative at CUNY among the most diverse in students’ language and cultural backgrounds. The essay provides an overview of WAC at CUNY’s 24 campuses, including description of its unique Writing Fellows program, which employs PhD candidates from across disciplines.
Hirsch and Paoli give special focus to the implementation and impact of WAC principles and practices at two campuses: Hostos Community College, an urban, bilingual community college located in the south Bronx, one of New York City’s poorest neighborhoods; and Hunter College, a senior college in mid-Manhattan with graduate programs and four professional graduate schools drawing students from throughout the City.
Writing Programs Wordwide is produced by UC Davis, School of Education. The web-based publication includes essays and articles written in multiple languages, video and audio interviews of writing program administrators and teacher leaders, and photographs portraying the writing program and students at different colleges, universities, or technical institutes around the world.
About Linda Hirsch
Host Linda Hirsch, Ph.D., is a professor of English at Hostos Community College/CUNY. She is an expert on literacy development, among both native and non-native speakers of English. Professor Hirsch has taught graduate students at Columbia University Teacher’s College, New York University and the CUNY Graduate Center. She also has served as a content consultant on PBS’s television series, Ghostwriter, and she is the education consultant and producer of an education segment on BronxNet’s, Open, a live cable television program.
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique “Student Success Coaching Unit” provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.
Recently named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.