Enlisting Composition: How First-Year Composition Helped Reorient Higher Education in the GI Bill EraJournal of Veterans Studies (2017)
Composition historians have long argued that writing programs were radically transformed in the post-WWII era as a consequence of GI Bill enrollments. But, rising enrollments in this period were not just the cause of huge expansions in first-year writing programs. Rather, first-year composition helped to bring about huge expansions in higher education. Immediately preceding the introduction of the GI Bill, first-year composition became a de facto curricular requirement for institutions that wanted to be eligible for GI Bill funds. Not surprisingly, there was a wave of institutional transformations near the end of WWII as single-purpose institutions became multi-purpose state colleges to attract the newly established Federal largesse. First-year composition helped facilitate these changes around the country as institutions adopted or reformed first-year offerings to become GI Bill eligible.
- rhetoric and composition,
- GI Bill,
- first-year composition,
Publication DateSpring 2017
Citation InformationRyan Skinnell. "Enlisting Composition: How First-Year Composition Helped Reorient Higher Education in the GI Bill Era" Journal of Veterans Studies Vol. 2 Iss. 1 (2017) ISSN: 2470-4768
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ryan_skinnell/21/