The ability to write well and communicate effectively is essential for most careers and post-college endeavors. Writing intensive (WI) classes are listed among the high impact practices that promote student engagement and learning. In Writing Intensive designated classes, writing is embedded in the course to help students think critically about course content, practice core writing skills, develop information literacy, and gain an understanding of disciplinary specific writing conventions and ways of knowing. These courses help students develop competencies established in their core writing courses. All students must take one WI-designated course mat the upper-division level. This WI component could be integrated into courses within students' majors, general electives, or general education coursework.
Writing Intensive Courses are a core part of the Compass Goals approved by Faculty in 2010.
Goal 3: Act and Interact
Writing helps shape our understanding of concepts and promotes deeper processing of ideas generated from reading, listening, and thinking.
Writing can be a form of action in the world through grant proposals, op ed pieces, policy statements, and articles.
Writing is a medium through which we interact and engage with our communities.
Objectives and Requirements
Writing Intensive courses help students learn how to:
Approach writing as a process.
Revise your written work based on feedback.
Provide useful feedback to your classmates about their written work.
Refine your critical and analytical writing skills.
Essential Learning Outcomes:
Gather, critically analyze and evaluate quantitative information within relevant disciplinary contexts.
Gather, critically analyze and evaluate qualitative information within relevant disciplinary contexts.
Apply and integrate knowledge from a range of disciplines, including interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary research.
Communicate through reading and/or writing to receive, comprehend, and convey information.
Demonstrate the core ethical principles and responsible methods of your discipline.
Courses may be designated Writing Intensive if they meet the following criteria:
Assign writing of at least 3000 words (approximately 12 pages) over multiple assignments and/or multiple submissions (revisions) of specific assignments (both formal and informal). Note that word count accrues across multiple submissions of an assignment. Assignments can be revised multiple times, with each revision contributing to the total word count.
Emphasize, through course assignments and class discussions, writing as a process
Devote class time to discussion of genre features and writing strategies
Provide students with feedback about their writing, including instructor and peer review, and allow at least one opportunity to submit revisions based on feedback
Assess writing assignments as a major portion of course grade (at least 25-30%)
*Note that WIC courses provide multiple opportunities for sustained engagement in writing. As such, the WIC designation is not fulfilled via a single term paper due at the end of the course. Instead, the traditional "term paper" assignment can be broken into stages and supported through class discussion, peer review opportunities, and drafting. Written texts are means of creating and sharing knowledge within and among disciplines.
Writing Intensive courses are grounded in the following theoretical assumptions:
Writing and thinking are interconnected recursive processes
Writing can play an important role in students' engagement with and understanding of course material
Writing must be practiced across contexts in order to promote transfer of learning
Writing is a process, and all aspects of the process, from invention through drafting and revision must be taught
Writing abilities develop over time and across opportunities to write
Writers develop when they receive meaningful feedback on their work from peers and faculty
Writers need instruction as they develop into members of a disciplinary community
Instructors in the disciplines are best positioned to provide students instruction in disciplinary specific writing conventions