Professor Presents Findings At Atlanta Conference

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 24, 2011 ? Dr. William Carpenter, associate professor of English at High Point University, recently presented ?Does Transfer Require Disciplining: A Writing Program Focuses on Invention and Reflection? at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, held in Atlanta.

In his paper, Carpenter reviewed current research on how students transfer knowledge into and out of first-year writing courses. He says the conclusion of the research falls in a wide range.

?On one end are arguments that first-year writing should be used as an introduction to specific disciplinary conventions and content,? he says. ?However, on the other end are arguments that first-year writing should introduce students to broad academic skills. The two arguments are held together with the idea of learning to think about one?s own thinking. … Programs can use this continuum as an aid for designing and implementing writing curricula.?

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist


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