Welcome to the Introductory Composition @ Heritage University portal on MyHeritage. We are glad you have landed here. On this "public page," we will post announcements, student resources, and other important information related to our Composition Program.
Located on the traditional territory of the Yakama Nation, we are currently working to create the most dynamic, creative, and robust Composition Program in our region by transitioning toward a "translingual approach" that blends practices and values of Indigenous oratory tradition with contemporary multimodal technologies. We focus on developing what Robert Bringhurst describes as "polyhistorical" sensibilities in the interest of decolonial justice and restoration. This work is in response to the unique place of Heritage University as one of only two universities in the United States that is both a Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution (NASNTI) and an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).
If you would like to learn more about the Composition Program at Heritage University, please write to the Director of Composition, Dr. Sol Neely.
Yakmumamí Tiichám (The land of the Yakama People)
Heritage University occupies its home on the traditional lands of the Yakama People. These ancestral homelands are the Yakama, Palouse, Pisquouse, Wenatshapam, Klikatat, Klinquit, Kow- was-say-ee, Li-ay-was, Skin-pah, Wish-ham, Shyiks, Ochechotes, Kah-milt-pa, and Se-ap-cat, who today are represented by the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation [Treaty of 1855] and, whose relationship with this land continues to this day. Heritage University, grounded in the vision of the two Yakama women founders, respects Indigenous peoples as traditional guardians of the lands and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous peoples and their traditional territories. We offer gratitude for the land itself, for those who have stewarded it for generations, and for the opportunity to study, learn, work, and be in community on this land. We acknowledge that our University’s history, like many others, is fundamentally tied to the first colonial developments in the Yakima Valley. Finally, we respectfully acknowledge and honor past, present, and future Indigenous students who will journey through this home called Heritage University.
Heritage University Mission
Heritage University empowers a multi-cultural and inclusive student body to overcome the social, cultural, economic and geographic barriers that limit access to higher education. Rooted in the homeland of the Yakama Nation, we embrace transformational student-centered education that cultivates leadership and a commitment to the promotion of a more just society.
Students who wish to take advantage of the Directed Self-Placement for Introductory Composition courses should complete the DSP survey, which is available online. Incoming students may take the DSP survey anytime during Summer, but we encourage you to take it as early as possible. The Director of Composition, Dr. Sol Neely, will evaluate DSP surveys at these times:
If you have any questions about the process, please contact an advisor.
For more information on any of our previously scheduled events, please contact Director of Composition, Dr. Sol Neely.
11.29.21 - 12.3.21 | Editing Week @ the Writing Studio!
During the last week of the semester, the Writing Studio at Heritage University will host "Editing Week" and invite all ENG 101 and ENG 102 students to schedule a writing tutor appointment to survey and edit your projects. For more information, contact Director of Composition, Dr. Sol Neely.
10.21.21 | "Double the Pell" Legislative Advocacy Student Workshop
Fall 2020 | "Empowering Voices" Writing Workshops
Here are some "general resources" to help students succeed in Introductory Composition courses (ENG 101 and ENG 102).
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University offers one of the most comprehensive set of resources for Introductory Composition classes. Here are a few shortcuts for your convenience. It's worth noting that I spent five years teaching in Purdue's ICaP program (Introductory Composition at Purdue) as a Ph.D. student.
The assessment system for the Composition Program at Heritage University encompasses all composition courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Each course contains course-specific program learning outcomes (PLOs) aligned, as appropriate, to university-wide student learning outcomes and Department of Literature and Languages program learning outcomes. In effort to fulfill the mission of Heritage University and honor the homeland of the Yakama peoples on which our campus is located, it is vital that the Composition Program at Heritage University develop PLOs in the interest of decolonial justice and the preservation of tribal sovereignty. As such, our PLOs seek not only to disrupt and dismantle coloniality within higher education but also to establish Heritage University as an “education destination” for robust, Indigenized scholarly work and student accomplishment. By developing PLOs aligned to a “medicine wheel” framework as opposed to “Bloom’s taxonomy,” the Composition Program at Heritage University invests in intentional Indigenization by adopting a translingual approach to curricular integration and multicultural practice, reflected through the assessment of these PLOs.
Composition Program Learning Outcomes are organized under four rubrics:
For more information about the specifics, please contact Dr. Sol Neely (Director of Composition).
INDIGENOUS WRITING STYLE GUIDES [online]
INDIGENOUS WRITING STYLE GUIDES [recommended]
Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples
Indian Country Stylebook
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES-Guide to Terminology-1.pdf