2012-2013 Interviews With Program Directors

While the 2006-2008 Survey and the 2009 Survey both provided significant data on WAC program success, we wanted to make sense of the data by speaking with some of the program directors. Porter spoke with directors of 15 different WAC programs. In order to understand how elements that contribute to success and sustainability may vary depending upon institutional characteristics, Porter ensured that she had a wide representation of programs with the following characteristics:

  • those which rated themselves as more successful  or less successful in the 2009 Survey
  • younger and older programs
  • community colleges, BA-granting institutions, MA-granting institutions, and PhD-granting institutions
  • smaller and larger institutions


Directors were asked questions regarding their history, day-to-day activities, struggles, and elements that they feel contribute to their program’s success.

These three phases have allowed us to explore in great detail elements that may contribute to WAC program success and survival.

At this stage, no data has been released on this portion of the project. However, we do plan to release some findings on this site and/or in conference presentations by 2016.