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TYCA Research Initiative Committee

The TYCA Research Initiative Committee was formed in 2004 in order to conduct a variety of national research initiatives related to the teaching of English at the nation's two-year colleges.


May 2005

The TYCA Research Initiative Survey launched their first survey to gather data to support the creation of a national database for Two-Year College English faculty that will include resources for "Best Practices." The database will ultimately provide colleges with information regarding national practices and further two-year college research and advocacy efforts. Within the survey, we have allowed space for comments and recommendations of "Best Practices." Our hope is that the results of this survey will provide valuable insights regarding the complex and varied pedagogical and professional responsibilities for two-year college faculty.

We are still taking responses; if you teach at a two-year college and have not completed the survey, click here.

The survey must be completed in one sitting and takes 40-60 minutes to complete.
Please feel free to forward this survey to colleagues at other campuses.
The information we have received thus far is very interesting, and we are committed to sharing it. What we learn here can help us affirm our successes, identify our challenges, and provide us with useful data as we advocate for students and faculty on the local, state, and national levels.

To view survey questions without submitting responses: Inactive Survey.

August 2005

The TYCA Research Initiative Committee sponsored a session at the 2005 CCCC Convention in San Francisco, entitled "Mending Walls, Unlocking Gates: Research and Reflection on the Shifting Roles of the Two-Year College." One colleague from each of the TYCA constituent regions was invited to spend approximately six months gathering information in preparation for this meeting  Each researcher was asked to focus on "the key challenges and successes" in their region. This report is an executive summary of the research reported at this meeting. For more detailed information, please see the full report and appendix (individual reports from each participating panelist):

Mending Walls, Unlocking Gates: Research and Reflection on the Shifting Roles of the Two-Year College Report submitted by Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community College, CT, August 30, 2005

Report Appendix

September 2005

Researched & Compiled: Jody Millward, Chair, TYCA National Research Initiative, Santa Barbara City College Editor: Lois Powers, Committee Member, and Assistant: Rebecca Crump, Santa Barbara City College, September 2005
The TYCA Facts and Data Report, partially funded by a 2004 CCCC’s Research Initiative grant, presents information about the two-year college mission, its programs, faculty, students, and funding to help define the two-year college culture. Although the collection of data cannot be neutral, the goal is to provide teachers and scholars with a compilation of the most recent information available in national studies and reports on the two-year college. To place two-year colleges within the context of postsecondary education, some comparative data on four-year and graduate institutions is included. Facts are directly quoted or paraphrased from sources and cited by corresponding Works Cited entries.
This report is intended to serve as a foundation for scholarship (including interpreting, analyzing, and building upon the information provided here) and to support professional advocacy on behalf of two-year college students, faculty and programs.

Complete TYCA Facts and Data Report

Facts and Data Report Highlights


For more information about the TYCA Research Initiative Committee or these reports, please contact the chair of the TYCA Research Initiative Committee, Jody Millward.


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