Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing records: 1976-2012
Summary Information
Title: Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing records
Creator: Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing.
Inclusive dates: 1976-2012
Extent: 7 linear feet
Abstract:
Established in 1976 by the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts, the Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing (originally the English Composition Board) administers the writing program of the College and provides writing courses and assistance for students of the University from freshman year through graduate school. Collection contains administrative files covering all aspects of the Center's history as well as printed material and publications.
Call number: 2013060 Bimu 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Alicia Kildau, 2013

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Records were received in March 2013 (donor no. 8136) through George Cooper.

Access Restrictions:

The Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing are open for research except for certain records restricted by statute or university policy. Restricted material includes personnel-related files, including search, review, promotion, and tenure files; student educational records; client/patient records; and records of executive officers of the university.

The Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing record group includes restricted material in the following categories:

  1. Student Academic Records -- Boxes 5-7

Access Restrictions for University of Michigan Records

University records are public records and once fully processed are generally open to research use. Records that contain personally identifiable information will be restricted in order to protect individual privacy. Certain administrative records are restricted in accordance with university policy as outlined below. The restriction of university records is subject to compliance with applicable laws, including the Freedom of Information Act.

Categories of Restricted Records:

  • Personnel related files , including search, review, promotion, and tenure files, are restricted for thirty years from date of creation.
  • Student educational records are restricted for seventy-five years from date of creation.
  • Patient/client records are restricted for one-hundred years from date of creation.
  • Executive Officers, Deans and Directors files . By university records policy in effect as of January 1, 2001, University records generated by the university's Executive Officers, Deans, Directors and their support offices are restricted for a period of twenty years from their date of accession by the Bentley Historical Library. The restriction is subject to applicable law, most notably the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
    • Files restricted for 10 years -- records added to a record group in this category prior to January 1, 2001 are restricted for a period of ten years from the date of creation
    • Files restricted for 20 years -- records added to a record group in this category after January 1, 2001 are restricted for a period of 20 years from the date they were added to the record group.

Restricted files are indicated in the contents list with a restriction note indicating the restriction type and the date of expiration.

  • CR (Client/Patient records, 100 years from date of creation)
  • PR (Personnel related records, 30 years from date of creation)
  • SR (Student educational records, 75 years from date of creation)
  • ER (Executive Officers, Deans and Directors records, 20 years from the date the material added to the record group)

For further information on the restriction policy and placing FOIA requests for restricted material, consult the reference archivist at the Bentley Historical Library or the University of Michigan Freedom of Information Office website at: http://www.umich.edu/~urel/foia.html

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Copyright:

Copyright is held by the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


History

Science and the Arts (LS&A), the English Composition Board (ECB) was created. The ECB was charged with developing a plan for instruction that would improve the literacy of LS&A students. In 1978 the ECB began a multi-level, cross-curricular writing program, one of the first of its kind in universities around the country.

The ECB administered the writing program for the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, provided remediation and tutoring for those students that required it, ran the first year writing program, conducted writing workshops, offered upper-level courses in students' field of concentration to satisfy further graduation requirements ("Writing across the curriculum"), and conducted outreach workshops with area schools. One of its greatest responsibilities has been to evaluate incoming students' writing ability and assigning them to the appropriate writing course. The method for assessing the writing has changed over the last three decades, from essays written during freshman orientation to a portfolio of students' existing work from high-school to directed self-placement, the method currently used.

In 1998 the English Composition Board became the Gayle Morris Sweetland Writing Center in honor of Gayle Sweetland, founder and owner of U. Magazine. When the Sweetland Center moved from Angell Hall to newer facilities in North Quad in 2010, it became the Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing. The faculty of Sweetland work one-on-one with students in Writing Workshop and teach writing courses for students from their first year through graduate school. Additionally Sweetland offers peer tutoring, helps students navigate the University's writing requirements, and conducts research on ways to improve and innovate its programs and courses and contribute to national conversations about writing. Those interested in learning more about what Sweetland does may consult its website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/sweetland/ (accessed May 2013).


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing collection is divided into four series: Administration, Publications and Printed Works, Audiovisual, and English Composition Board Writing Samples.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • College prose -- Evaluation.
  • English language -- Composition and exercises -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Michigan.
  • English language -- Rhetoric.
  • English language -- Rhetoric -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Michigan.
  • Videotapes.
  • Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing.
  • University of Michigan. College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
  • University of Michigan. English Composition Board.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Administration [series]

The Administration series (1976-2012, 3.2 linear feet) is further divided into two subseries, Core Administrative Files, and Topical Files. The Core Administrative Files subseries documents the day-to-day activities of the Center as well as its governance over its history. The subseries includes executive committee minutes, memos to faculty, annual reports, long-range plans, and several self and external evaluations of the ECB and Sweetland Center for Writing. The Topical files are arranged alphabetically and contain material about programs sponsored by the center, the research it has conducted, its liaisons with and involvement with other groups on campus and throughout Michigan, and its day-to-day activities.

 
Core Administrative Files [subseries]
 
Annual and Year-End Reports
Box   1  
1985-1986
Box   1  
1999-2000
Box   1  
2000-2001
Box   1  
Director's Year-End Reports 1983-2003
 
Committees and Governance
Box   1  
Associate Directors' Meetings
Box   1  
1990-1993
Box   1  
1993-1995
Box   1  
1995-1997
 
Associate Directors' Retreats
Box   1  
1993
Box   1  
1994
Box   1  
1995
Box   1  
1996
Box   1  
Consulting Committee 1978
Box   1  
ECB and LS&A Curriculum Committee 1981-1986
 
Executive Committee
Box   1  
1989-1990
Box   1  
1990-1991
Box   1  
1991-1992
Box   1  
1993-1994
Box   1  
1994-1995
Box   1  
1995-1996
 
Policy Committee
Box   1  
1983-1984
Box   1  
1984-1985
Box   1  
1985-1986
Box   1  
1986-1987
Box   1  
1987-1988
Box   1  
1988-1989
Box   1  
Technology Committee 1994-1995
 
Correspondence
Box   1  
Correspondence re: Writing Program 1994-1995
Box   1  
ECB/LS&A Memos 1994-1995
Box   1  
Memos re: Junior/Senior Writing 1994
Box   1  
Memos re: Merit Pay 1993-1994
 
Memos to ECB Faculty
Box   1  
1995-1996
Box   1  
1996-1997
Box   1  
1997-1998
Box   1  
1998-2002
 
Department Meetings
Box   2  
1995-1997
 
Faculty Meetings
Box   2  
1989-1990
Box   2  
1992-1993
Box   2  
1993-1996
Box   2  
1994-1995
 
Funding and Budgets
Box   2  
Budgets 1994-2002
Box   2  
Budget Requests, FY 2004
Box   2  
Requests for Funding 1985-1993
 
Historical and Founding Documents
Box   2  
English Composition Board History
Box   2  
ECB Conference Proceedings 12 May 1978
Box   2  
ECB Reorganization 1984-1986
Box   2  
ECB Reorganization Correspondence 1983-1985 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Staff Reorganization Plan 1993
Box   2  
ECB/English Department Consolidation 1996-1997
Box   2  
Proposed Writing Center 1996-1997
 
Organization and Description
Box   2  
ECB Staffing and Organizational Charts 1988-2000
Box   2  
ECB Thoughts on Role and Function Fall 1988
 
Planning
 
Long Range Plans
Box   2  
Winter 2000
Box   2  
May 2003
Box   2  
2004
 
Policies
Box   2  
ECB Position Statement on Sexism in Language undated
Box   2  
Policies on Staff Support 1983
Box   2  
Policies Regarding Faculty Evaluation, ECB, 1985-89
 
Reviews
 
Evaluation
Box   2  
Review Committee on the English Composition Board 1983-1984
Box   2  
Reactions to 1984 External Review, 1984 1984
 
Self-Study
Box   2  
ECB Self Study 1983
Box   2  
Chairman Commentary on ECB Self-Study 1984
Box   2  
ECB Self Study August 1995
Box   2  
Report to the College Executive Committee on Activities of the English Composition Board since 86 July 1 1985 March 19
Box   2  
Report of the Committee to Review Selected Instructional Support Units, 1982-83
Box   2  
Report on Composition/ECB Writing Program December 1988
Box   2  
Review, Writing in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts November 1995
Box   2  
"This Teaching Works: The English Composition Board at the University of Michigan," August 1981
 
Staff Meetings
Box   2  
1979
Box   2  
1980
Box   2  
1981
Box   2  
1989-1993
Box   2  
1993-1995
Box   2  
1995
 
Topical Files [subseries]
Box   3  
Articles about ECB/Sweetland
 
Articles by ECB/Sweetland Faculty
 
Assessment
Box   3  
ACT Portfolio System 1994
Box   3  
Assessment Summer 1991
Box   3  
Assessment Criteria 1988-1997
Box   3  
Assessment Focus Groups 1995
Box   3  
Assessment of Tutorial Students' Writing Portfolios 1987-1988
Box   3  
Consequences of Changes in Assessment Standards 1989
Box   3  
Costs of Portfolio Assessment 1993
Box   3  
Development of the New Writing Assessment Instrument 1990
Box   3  
Evaluating the ECB Portfolio Assessment Process 1994-1995
Box   3  
Portfolios 1987
Box   3  
Portfolio Assessment Development 1992-1995 (2 folders)
Box   3  
Problems with a Portfolio Assessment 1998
Box   3  
Report from the Stimuli Task Force 1987
Box   3  
Report on Practicum in Transition to Self-Assessment circa 1999
Box   3  
Self-Placement 2000-2002
Box   3  
Task Force Report on the Use of Portfolios to Assess Students' Writing undated
Box   3  
Wayne Butler's Interchange 1993
Box   3  
Writing Assessment Criteria 1988-1996
Box   3  
Writing Assessment Research Reports 1987-1988
 
Writing Portfolio 1994
Box   3  
Callaway Undergraduate Writing Prize 2000
Box   3  
Center for Online Literacies: History, Mission and Goals 1994
Box   3  
Change in ECB Activity Level 1993
 
ECB Liaisons
Box   3  
1991-1992
Box   3  
Correspondence 1991-1992
Box   3  
Relationship between ECB and Composition 1983
Box   3  
ECB Peer Tutoring Program 1990
Box   3  
E-Notebook Implementation 1999
Box   3  
"Extended Writing in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Report on a Faculty Survey," 1987
Box   3  
Faculty Survey 1978
Box   3  
First Year Practicum Revision 1994-1995
Box   3  
First Year Seminar Program 1994-1995
 
High School Outreach
Box   3  
Academic Outreach 1996
Box   3  
Correspondence 1997
Box   3  
Dewey Center Writing Project 1988-1991
Box   3  
MacKenzie High School 1999
Box   3  
MacKenzie Oral History Project 2000-2001
Box   3  
MacKenzie High School / University of Michigan Writing Program 1988-1989
Box   3  
Pioneer/University of Michigan Connection 1993
Box   3  
Wade-McCree Scholars Program Proposal 1990
Box   3  
Writing Across the Curriculum Fall 1987
Box   3  
"Writing Across the Millennium," 1999
Box   3  
"Writing Across the Millennium," 2000
Box   3  
LSA Minutes Concerning ECB 1978-1998
Box   3  
Mellon Grant 1980-1986
Box   3  
Political Science Department Pilot of Advanced Writing in the Disciplines 2001-2002
Box   3  
Project -- U-M Instructional Environment and Online Writing Lab 1996
Box   3  
Proposal -- Fellowships to Develop Thinking and Writing Courses 1987
Box   4  
Relationship with Department of English 1984
Box   4  
Report from Project on Writing and Writing Problems: Linguistics 211
Box   4  
Report of the Ad-Hoc Committee on the First Year to the English Department Executive Committee February 1995
Box   4  
Report on the ECB/Composition Relationship 1988
Box   4  
Report on the Pilot for the Interdisciplinary Project Fall 1995
Box   4  
Report on the Residential College post-Freshman Year Seminar Practicum 2000
Box   4  
Report of the Task Force Committee on Repeat Tutorial Arrangements 1987
Box   4  
Report on Teaching Assistant Training and Development at the University of Michigan June 1995
Box   4  
Seminar on Teaching: An Informal Report July 1995
Box   4  
State of University Writing Level Complain Letters 1985
Box   4  
Sweetland Multiliteracy Center 2001-2003
Box   4  
U-M/Mackenzie Journalism Collaboration 2000-2002
 
University Writing Requirement
Box   4  
First-Year Writing Requirement 1998-2002
Box   4  
Upper Level Writing Requirement 2000-2006
Box   4  
Upper Level Writing Requirement Report 2012
Box   4  
Writing Workshop 1994-1995
 
Publications and Printed Works [series]

The Publications and Printed Materials (1980-2008, 0.25 linear feet) series contains newsletters as well as writing-related instructional guides and pamphlets published by the Sweetland Center.

Box   4  
Argumentative Writing and Technical Terms 1989
Box   4  
ECB Academic Writing Series: Using Computers as a Writing Tool circa 1980s
Box   4  
Gayle Morris Sweetland Writing Center Dedication November 19, 1997
 
Newsletters
Box   4  
FForum 1980-1981
Box   4  
FForum 1981-1983
Box   4  
Gayle Morris Sweetland Writing Center Newsletter 1998-Fall 2008
Box   4  
Pamphlets and Brochures
Box   4  
Teaching Introductory Composition circa 1986
Box   4  
The Junior/Senior Writing Course: A Manual for Faculty 1987
 
Audiovisual [series]

The Audiovisual series contains one undated videocassette of a faculty meeting and Christmas party.

Box   4  
VHS Videocassette, "Faculty Discussion of Normalization and Christmas Party," undated
 
English Composition Board Writing Samples [series]

English Composition Board Writing Samples contain a selected assortment of writing samples from 1984 to 1989 intended for study and analysis by staff of the writing center. Because the essays are name identifiable, they are restricted for 75 years in accordance with the Student Records restriction.

Box   5  
1984-1989 [SR RESTRICTED until July 7, 2065]
Box   6  
1984-1989 [SR RESTRICTED until July 7, 2065]
Box   7  
1984-1989 [SR RESTRICTED until July 7, 2065]