Workshop Overview

Format and Goals

At the end of the workshop, each institutional team will produce an action plan for enhancing QR programming and assessment on their campuses by the end of 2012. To support institutions in their work developing action plans, the workshop goals are:

  • to deepen understanding of QR's role in general education and in the major
  • to foster an appreciation for QR assessment challenges given its interdisciplinary, contextual nature
  • to provide an introduction to a range of QR assessment tools currently in use
  • to share ideas for developing effective QR programming, professional development, and student support
  • to help build a strong community of institutions seeking to improve QR among students

The workshop will convene in plenary sessions to discuss overarching themes and in smaller break-out sessions to explore the experiences of particular schools or specific issues in QR program design. Institutional teams will also be given time to plan their action plans. You may consult a tentative agenda for more details.


The workshop will begin at 3:00 on October 8 and conclude at 12:00 on October 10. Participants must attend all sessions.

Institutional Teams

Three- to five-person institutional teams are invited to apply; suggested members of the team include an administrator with budget and/or curriculum development responsibilities and faculty with opportunities to integrate QR initiatives into their courses and programs. Teams should include (if possible) a representative of the QR working group on your campus AND someone with responsibility for the campus-wide writing program.

Application Process

  • Applications are to be submitted via the online application form. The workshop space is limited, and applications are due August 6, 2010.
  • A letter of support from the president or a senior academic administrator is required. This should be emailed to the PKAL National Office ( This letter is a critical part of the application process, documenting institutional commitment to supporting post-workshop activities of the participating teams.
  • The online application requests information about the current/future state of QR on your campus. The information requested in Section I - about current status relative to program, goals, assessment instruments, culture and opportunities/assets) - will be shared with all workshop participants; the information requested in Section II - about the makeup of the team, why this is the right team for your institution, what issues are of interest to you - will not be shared, but will inform continuing workshop planning.

Teams will be given preference, however individual participants will be accepted as observers, subject to available space. Observers should follow the application procedure outlined above.

Workshop Fees & Cancellation Policy

The registration fee for the workshop is $60.00 per person. The fee includes meals and workshop materials. Participants will be invoiced. Project Kaleidoscope accepts payment by check or credit card (Visa or Mastercard only). Participants are responsible for the cost of lodging and travel. Workshop cancellations must be made in writing to Project Kaleidoscope at Full refunds will be provided to those who cancel by 5:00 pm Eastern on Friday, September 24. Cancellations received after this date will not receive a refund. Full workshop fees will be charged for "no-shows" (no refunds will be given). Registrations are transferable within an institution.

Meals, Transportation, & Lodging

Meals The workshop fee includes all meals from dinner on October 10 through lunch on October 12 (though some teams may prefer to eat on their own at their own expense on Saturday night).

Transportation All participants or their home institutions must provide transportation to and from the workshop. The workshop will be held in Northfield, MN (40 miles south of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport). Each team should rent a car to travel to/from the airport, conference site, and hotel. (This will be cheaper than taxi service.) Participants must arrive in time for the first plenary session at 3 pm on Friday, October 8. Some travel scholarships are available for those for whose institutions cannot afford the expense. (Please provide explanation on the application form.)

Lodging Hotel rooms have been blocked off in local hotels. Participants are responsible for the costs of their lodging. We will provide more details once you have been accepted for the conference.


Institutional teams will be given pre-workshop assignments, and will be expected to come prepared to develop an agenda for reform on their campus during the coming academic year. All team members will attend the full workshop. Participants also are asked to commit to follow-up activities upon their return to campus. As they are selected, teams will be asked to provide further information about their current situation, goals, and plans for the future.


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