I recently found out that our university is jumping on the "Writing Across the Curriculum" bandwagon. This means that, instead of writing (and the teaching thereof) being concentrated mostly in the English department, or the departments that do a lot of writing in the jobs they're purportedly preparing their majors for, every department is supposed to assign papers, and teach their students how to write them.
Every department. Including the math department, criminal justice, dental hygiene, and nursing.
I've already heard grumbling in the library coffee shop from other departments' professors: "Why are we supposed to do the job the English department is supposed to be doing? It's not like they're doing it anyway, but why are they pushing it off on us?"
I think this, more than anything else, is going to finish the job of making the English department fade into irrelevancy. It's already halfway there with the way composition and literature classes are taught.
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