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


ECHS Program in Composition

The Early Credit High School Program in Composition (ECHSP) offers seniors in selected high schools across Rhode Island the chance to study college level composition and to receive college credit for their efforts. In the ECHSP, seniors take Writing & Rhetoric’s college composition course, WRT 104. Upon completion, they receive a URI transcript showing they have completed this three-credit course. The three credits may be applied at URI towards the completion of the communications requirement in the general education program, or the credits are usually transferable at other collegiate institutions.

The ECHSP Composition course is exactly the same as the composition course that is taught in Kingston to students who are enrolled full-time at URI. However, as part of the High School Program, the course is taught by a specially trained high school English teacher and is delivered in the high school setting within the regular school day. Students pay a registration fee to participate and they may have to purchase texts.

The high school teachers who participate in this program are committed to the teaching of writing as a distinct discipline. They stay in touch with current trends in composition theory, and they meet each May to learn about current teaching strategies in composition. Teachers who are new to the program receive a one-on-one orientation to the course and training in specific classroom strategies.

The Coordinator of the ECHSP, Jean Zipke, visits each classroom and meets with each teacher at least twice a semester. In addition, she organizes the May workshop.

We invite students, teachers, or administrators who would like to participate in the ECHSP or who would like more information to contact Jean Zipke, Program Co-ordinator, 874-5932.

Participating Schools:

  • Barrington HS
  • Warwick Vets
  • Cranston West HS
  • Textron Chamber
  • Burrillville HS
  • Narragansett HS
  • East Providence HS
  • Bishop Hendricken HS
  • Coventry
  • Johnston HS
  • North Providence HS
  • Mt. Hope HS
  • South Kingstown HS
  • Tolman
  • Pilgrim HS
  • East Greenwich
  • Smithfield HS
  • Westerly
  • Cranston East HS
  • Shea
  • Middletown HS
  • Classical HS
  • E-Cubed Academy
  • Our Lady of Fatima HS
  • West Warwick
  • Tiverton