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March 2007

Release Date: March 20, 2007

ASU English Professor Named to State-Wide College Readiness Board

Dr. Nancy Allen, head of the Angelo State University English Department, has been named to one of four statewide discipline-based vertical teams to help develop new College Readiness Standards for Texas high schools.

The teams for English, math, science and social studies were chosen by the Texas Education Agency and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board under the provisions of House Bill 1 from the 79th Texas Legislature, Special Called Session, in 2006. Allen was nominated by the ASU administration and is one of only 40 team members chosen from throughout the state. Her area of concentration will be English language arts for grades eight through 12.

The charge for the teams is to ensure that students are able to perform college-level course work at institutions of higher education. To that end, the teams will recommend college readiness standards and expectations students must know and be able to perform in order to succeed in entry-level courses at colleges and universities.

ā€œIā€™m honored at having been appointed and I appreciate the serious issues the members will address over the next two years as we work together for the benefit of the students of Texas,ā€ Allen said.

Dr. Allen holds a Ph.D. in renaissance drama from Texas Tech University where she also lectured for three years prior to joining the ASU faculty in 1984. In addition to being head of the ASU English Department, she is also a professor of English, director of the Developmental Program in English and former director of the Writing Center. She has also taught in public and private secondary schools in Del Rio, Wolfforth and Williamsburg, Va.

As part of their assignment, team members will evaluate high school curriculum requirements and recommend how public school curriculum requirements can be aligned with college readiness standards and expectations. They will also develop instructional strategies for teaching particular courses and develop or establish minimum standards for curricula, professional development materials, and online support materials for students who need additional assistance to perform college-level course work successfully.

Phase I of the project, developing a draft of College Readiness Standards, is expected to be completed by September. The Commissioner of Education, State Board of Education and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will then each have a role in approving or implementing the standards. The new English language arts curricula and online materials are scheduled to be available to high school students for the 2009 fall semester, followed by the other subjects in subsequent years. New team members will be added for Phase II of the project that will focus mainly on K-12 activities.