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The Politics of Remediation: Institutional and Student Needs in Higher Education

The Politics of Remediation: Institutional and Student Needs in Higher Education

by Mary Soliday


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While some students need more writing instruction than others, The Politics of Remediation reveals how that need also pertains to the institutions themselves. Mary Soliday argues that universities may need remedial English to alleviate their own crises in admissions standards, enrollment, mission, and curriculum, and English departments may use remedial programs to mediate their crises in enrollment, electives, and relationships to the liberal arts and professional schools.

Following a brief history of remedial English and the political uses of remediation at CCNY before, during, and after the open admissions policy, Soliday questions the ways in which students’ need for remedial writing instruction has become widely associated with the need to acculturate minorities to the university. In disentangling identity politics from remediation, she challenges a powerful assumption of post-structuralist work: that a politics of language use is equivalent to the politics of access to institutions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822941866
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 09/01/2002
Series: Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture
Edition description: 1
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mary Soliday, associate professor of English at the City College of New York, is Coordinator of the CCNY Writing Fellows Program, and an advocate for open admissions students at the City University of New York.

Table of Contents

1The Politics of Access and the Politics of Representation1
2Remedial Traditions and Institutional Crisis, 1870-197020
3Looking for Mina: Reforming Basic Writing, 1966-198065
4Representing Remediation: The Politics of Agency, 1985-2000105
5Writing between Worlds: Access as Translation146
Works Cited195

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