Special Programs

Special Programs

National Archives of Composition and Rhetoric

The National Archives of Composition and Rhetoric is a joint project of four New England land grant institutions (University of Rhode Island, University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the University of Connecticut) and representatives of the publishing industry and other academic institutions. Printed books in the collection are at the University of New Hampshire. Papers and other archival materials from scholars, publishers, and composition programs are at the University of Rhode Island.

Among the scholars who have donated materials to the papers collection are Richard Beal, Ross Winterowd, Elaine Maimon, Alan Purves, Kenneth Bruffee, Wayne Booth, and others.

Anyone wishing to use the collection or to make a donation of papers, books, or other materials relating to the teaching of writing and the history or rhetoric and composition should contact Robert A. Schwegler.

Robert A. Schwegler, URI Writing & Rhetoric


Early Credit High School Program in Writing

The Early Credit High School Program in Writing (ECHSP) is a concurrent enrollment program that offers high school students the chance to study college level writing and receive college credit for their work in partner schools in Rhode Island. Students enrolled through the ECHSP take WRT 104, Writing to Inform and Explain, with a high school teacher who has been approved by the university to teach the class. Upon completion, they receive a URI transcript showing they have completed this three-credit course at URI. The credits may either be used at URI towards the completion of requirements in the general education program, or be transferred to most other colleges and universities.

Since the course is taught during the regular school day or as part of the high school program, students receive both high school and college credit. There are presently over thirty high schools participating in the program. The teachers who participate are committed to the teaching of writing and rhetoric. They stay informed about current trends and theories and follow the department guidelines and outcomes. Each May, teachers attend a conference to learn about current teaching strategies. Those new to the program receive individual orientation to the course and training in specific classroom strategies. The Coordinator of the ECHSP visits each classroom, meets with teachers throughout the semester, and facilitates a spring professional development conference.

As of September 2015, all tuitions and fees for all RI public school concurrent and dual enrollment students, are paid by the state of Rhode Island through the Prepare RI Dual Enrollment fund,

We invite students, teachers and administrators who would like to participate in the ECHSP or who would like more information to contact:
Frank Romanelli, Program Coordinator
(401) 277-5057