Posted in CBW 2012, CBW Innovations Award, CCCC 2011

2012 CBW Innovations Award

The Council on Basic Writing’s Award for Innovation recognizes writing programs for innovations that improve educational processes for basic writers through creative approaches. Please note that only innovations that have been implemented will be considered for the award.

CBW wants to recognize those college and university programs that are implementing new or unique ways to improve the success of their basic writing students. Is your program doing something especially useful and effective in terms of assessment, placement, pedagogy, curriculum, community outreach, etc.? If so, please nominate yourself for the 2012 CBW Award for Innovation.


Recipients of the Council on Basic Writing’s Award for Innovation Award will be determined by a review committee. Awards will be given to approaches that clearly benefit students at the winning institution, and that may be extended to other institutions.


  • Originality – the creativity and uniqueness of the innovation
  • Portability – the extent to which the innovation lends itself to application in other institutions or contexts
  • Results and Benefits – specific details, data, and observations derived from the innovation, focusing on specific educational benefits to students

    The following will be considered a complete application packet. ALL application materials must be submitted in electronic form, and all applications will be acknowledged. Please send:

    1. A descriptive title of the innovation, along with the name, address, phone number, and email of the contact person.

    2. An explanation of how the course/program in which the innovation is centered includes students labeled “basic writers” by the institution and, if applicable, a brief (1 paragraph maximum) explanation of how students are labeled as such.

    3. A complete description of the innovation including:

  • justification of the creativity and uniqueness of the innovation compared to traditional methods

  • evidence or examples of portability to other basic writing programs
  • the measurements and monitoring used; results indicating a significant benefit in achievement in educational goals or outcomes.
  • Please note that Innovation documentation is limited to five (5) pages or less (excess pages will not be read!); single spaced; 11 font or larger; graphs and charts are accepted as part of the page limitation.


    December 5, 2011: Nominations due

    January 2012: Award recipient notified

    March 2012: The Winner will be honored with the presentation of a plaque at the CBW Special Interest Group (SIG) at CCCC in St. Louis. The winner will be invited to give a brief presentation about the winning program to the SIG attendees.


    Greg Glau Northern Arizona University


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