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CBW Mission Statement

We’ve updated the “About” page with our new mission statement. Here, however, is the statement and a quick overview of our process to create it:

The Council on Basic Writing (CBW) is an organization that advocates for students in Basic Writing and supports the professional endeavors of teachers, scholars, administrators, and students involved with Basic Writing.

CBW promotes appropriate support for Basic Writing that fosters college access and success for students who might otherwise be denied admittance. It pursues these ends through

· Supporting dissemination and application of, and advancing, best practices for the teaching and learning of writing, language, and literacy across two- and four-year post-secondary institutions;

· Promoting student success within a range of disciplinary, professional, and social contexts;

· Fostering a network of teacher-scholars, especially through BWe: Basic Writing e-Journal, our listserv, and an annual workshop at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, which encourages the development of research and collaborative strategies to enhance teaching excellence;

· Advocating for student diversity in all its many and complex forms, especially in terms of language, race, ethnicity, class, background, and ability;

· Promoting collaborations with
secondary education faculty to facilitate smooth transitions from high school to college for students served by Basic Writing; adult and community education programs to facilitate successful transitions to college for non-traditional students served by Basic Writing; and
post-secondary ESL and academic support services.

· Working to raise the visibility of Basic Writing within the academy and the larger public;


· Influencing policies, including public policy, private foundations, and corporate sponsors in ways benefiting Basic
Writing and the students it supports.

**This statement evolved from a day-long CBW workshop and visioning meeting where participants provided ideas and language for the new mission statement. The statement was then drafted by Susan Naomi Bernstein, Kathleen Baca, Marisa Klages, and Steve Lamos. It was then revised by members of the CBW Executive Board and others from the CBW community. It was endorsed by the CBW community in June 2011.**

Our thanks to the whole CBW community–those at the workshop, those on the listserv, and of course especially to Susan, Kathleen, Marisa and Steve who drafted it. Great work everyone!


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