photo of a studentWriting Across the Curriculum (WAC) at Wright State University is a comprehensive program extending writing throughout each student's undergraduate career. The Writing Across the Curriculum program consists of two parts--Writing in the Wright State Core and Writing in the Major--and has the following goals:

  • To help students grow as writers,
  • To encourage students to use writing as a tool to discover and communicate ideas, and
  • To introduce students to discipline-specific ways of writing.

WAC Learning Outcomes

Wright State students will be able to produce writing that

  • Demonstrates their understanding of course content,
  • Is appropriate for the audience and purpose of a particular writing task,
  • Demonstrates the degree of mastery of disciplinary writing conventions appropriate to the course (including documentation conventions), and
  • Shows competency in standard edited American English.
     

Writing in the Wright State Core

  1. All undergraduate students who first enroll at the University Fall 2012 or thereafter must complete two designated integrated writing (IW) courses within the Wright State Core in addition to the two required first- and second-year writing courses in Element 1 of the Wright State Core; transfer students will complete the WAC/Core requirement in proportion to the amount of the Core they have completed when they enter the University (see Transfer, Transition, and Returning Students for further details).
  2. The IW designation for a course must be approved by the WAC Committee, a standing subcommittee of the Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee. Each IW Core course will include writing assignments totaling approximately 2000 words which will be evaluated for content, form, style, correctness, and overall writing proficiency and give students the opportunity for revision and improvement. Assignments may take many forms and include a mix of formal writing (e.g., a number of short papers evaluated in both draft and final form, a long assignment broken into smaller parts, thus allowing for multiple drafts, feedback, and revisions,) and informal writing (e.g., journals, logs, short responses to lectures, essay examinations). All writing will count as part of students' performance in the course. Responsibility for ensuring that these course requirements are met rests with the colleges offering the courses and the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee.
  3. Students must pass an IW course in order to fulfill the university requirement for the program. Students are encouraged to complete all four Writing Intensive courses (as well as English 1100 and 2100) by the time they have attained junior status.
  4. Returning, transfer, transition, or other students who cannot successfully complete two IW courses in the Wright State Core (excluding the Wright State Core writing requirement) may satisfy the IW requirement in any of the following ways:
  • pass one IW course in the Wright State Core and earn a grade of C or better in an approved advanced writing course.
  • pass one IW course in the Wright State Core and prepare an acceptable portfolio that includes writing on demand.
  • earn a grade of C or better in an approved advanced writing course and prepare an acceptable portfolio that includes writing on demand.
  • complete an additional IW course in the major beyond the two required IW courses in the major.
  • The above options are limited to meeting the IW requirement for the Wright State Core.
  1. Copies of the plan for assessing Writing in the Wright State Core are available in the office of the WAC Coordinator.

The combination of two integrated writing courses in the Wright State Core and two integrated writing courses in the major means that the Writing Across the Curriculum Program at WSU requires each undergraduate student to complete a minimum of four integrated writing courses in addition to their required first- and second-year composition courses.

Writing in the Major

All students must successfully complete two integrated writing courses in their major field in order to graduate.

Integrated Writing Courses in the Major

The IW designation for a course must be approved by the WAC Committee, a standing subcommittee of the Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee.  Courses will have at least 5000 words (20 double-spaced pages) of writing, which will be evaluated for content, form, style, correctness, and overall writing proficiency and give students the opportunity for revision and improvement. Assignments may take many forms and include a mix of formal writing (e.g., a number of short papers evaluated in both draft and final form, a long assignment broken into smaller parts, thus allowing for multiple drafts, feedback, and revisions,) and informal writing (e.g., journals, logs, short responses to lectures, essay examinations). All writing will count as part of students' performance in the course. Responsibility for ensuring that these course requirements are met rests with the colleges offering the courses and the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee.
Guidelines and examples of how the writing requirement may be met are available from the Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator. Additional assistance is provided by the University Writing Center.

Independent Writing Project

Under exceptional circumstances, a paper of at least 2500 words written under the direction of a faculty member in the student's major field will be accepted for integrated writing credit. This option may count as no more than one IW course and must be approved by the chair of the student's major department. Students are expected to fulfill the rest of the minimum requirement by completing one or more regular IW courses.

Assessment


Copies of the plan for assessing Writing in the Major are available in the office of the WAC Coordinator.

Transfer & Returning Students Transition

Transfer Students—IW Requirements in Wright State Core

Transfer students can satisfy the IW requirements in the Wright State Core in the following ways:

  • Transfer students who have completed the Ohio Transfer Module will be considered as having met the IW requirement in the Wright State Core.
  • Transfer students who have completed the equivalent of the Wright State Core when they matriculate at Wright State will be considered as having met the IW requirement in the Wright State Core.
  • Transfer students who have completed the equivalent of less than 50% (less than 19 semester hours) of the Wright State Core when they matriculate at Wright State must complete two IW courses in the Wright State Core.
  • Transfer students who have completed the equivalent of 50-75% (19-28 semester hours) of the Wright State Core when they matriculate must complete one IW course within the Wright State Core.
  • Transfer students who have already completed the equivalent of 75% or more of the Wright State Core may satisfy the IW requirement by completing one IW course in the Wright State Core or by preparing an acceptable portfolio that includes writing on demand or by completing an approved advanced writing course.

Transfer Students—IW Requirements in the Major

All transfer students must satisfy the IW requirement in the major either by completing two IW courses at Wright State or by completing one designated IW course in the major and an independent writing project or independent reading course as described below.

Transition and Returning Students—IW Requirements in Wright State Core

Transition and returning students can satisfy the IW requirements in the Wright State Core in the following ways:

  • Transition and returning students who have completed the General Education requirements in effect when they matriculated will be considered as having met the IW requirement in the Wright State Core.
  • Transition and returning students who have completed three or more WI courses in the current General Education program will be considered to have completed the IW requirement for the Wright State Core.
  • Students who have completed two WI courses in the current General Education program must complete at least one IW course in the Wright State Core.
  • Students who have completed one WI course in the current General Education program must complete at least two IW courses in the Wright State Core.

Returning, transfer, transition, or other students who cannot successfully complete two IW courses in the Wright State Core (excluding the Wright State Core writing requirement) may satisfy the IW requirement in any of the following ways:

  • pass one IW course in the Wright State Core and earn a grade of C or better in an approved advanced writing course.
  • pass one IW course in the Wright State Core and prepare an acceptable portfolio that includes writing on demand.
  • earn a grade of C or better in an approved advanced writing course and prepare an acceptable portfolio that includes writing on demand.
  • complete an additional IW course in the major beyond the two required IW courses in the major.

The above options are limited to meeting the IW requirement for the Wright State Core.

Transition and Returning Students—IW Requirements in the Major

All students must complete at least two courses designated either WI (quarter courses) or IW (semester courses) in the major. Any combination of WI and IW courses will satisfy this requirement. Returning, transfer, transition, or other students who cannot successfully complete two IW or WI courses in the major may satisfy this requirement by completing an independent writing project within the program or by taking a designated IW independent reading course. Each department will designate the appropriate course needed to complete the requirement. Students may use an independent writing project or designated IW independent reading course to fulfill only one of the two-course requirement. This option is limited to fulfilling the IW requirement in the major. Whenever changes to the curriculum result in a redistribution of IW courses in the major, departments should ensure that the individual advising plans for transition students address the IW requirement in the major. 

Oversight & Faculty Development

  1. The Writing Across the Curriculum Committee is a standing subcommittee of the Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee (UCAPC), and the chair of that committee also serves as a non-voting member of UCAPC. The Writing Across the Curriculum Committee has oversight responsibility for writing in both the Wright State Core and in the major. The committee includes the following members: one faculty member from each undergraduate college who teaches or has taught Writing Intensive courses; the Director of the University Writing Center; the Director of Writing Programs (or department designee), Department of English Language and Literatures; a representative from the English as a Second Language (ESL) program; a representative for the General Education Oversight/Assessment Committee; and a student member.

    The Writing Across the Curriculum Committee is charged with recommending action and policy to the Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee for Writing Across the Curriculum requirements. The WAC Committee has the responsibility for the following areas: Writing in the Wright State Core requirements; Writing in the Major requirements; approval of criteria for Independent Writing Projects; monitoring and assessment of Writing Across the Curriculum, including Independent Writing Projects, Integrated Writing Courses, and WAC faculty development programs and activities.
  1. The WAC Coordinator is responsible for devising and offering ongoing faculty development programs, many of which are developed in conjunction with the University Writing Center and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

WAC Portfolios in the Wright State Core



The writing in the portfolio will be evaluated for content, form, style, and correctness by a panel of readers drawn from the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee. Students seeking to meet the WAC requirements by this means may submit only one portfolio.
 

Procedures

  1. Once the student and the student's adviser have determined that the student needs to submit a portfolio, the student should complete the application form for portfolio. The form must be signed by the student and the student's adviser and submitted with the portfolio. Any portfolio without it will not be processed.
  2. The student should assemble the portfolio described below and include all necessary documentation.
  3. When the portfolio is submitted, the student and WAC Coordinator will schedule the supervised "writing on demand" portion of the portfolio (described below).
  4. After the student has completed the supervised writing, the portfolio will be read by three members of the Writing Across the Curriculum Oversight Committee. If two of the three readers find the portfolio acceptable, portfolio credit will be awarded.

The WAC Coordinator will notify both the student and the student's adviser in writing of the committee's decision.

Portfolio Contents

The portfolio must include the following items:

  1. the portfolio assessment application form signed by the student and the student's adviser. Included in this form is a statement attesting that all work included in the portfolio is the student's own. Any student who submits work other than his or her own will fail the portfolio assessment and be referred to the Office of Student Affairs for disciplinary action.
  2. 15-25 pages (3750-6250 words) of writing, roughly 3/4 of which must have been written for at least two different courses at Wright State. Papers from first-year composition courses may not be included in the portfolio. All pieces should be the copies originally submitted in the courses, with comments and grades; clean copies must be certified by the course instructor to have been turned in for the course.
  3. a 3-5 page introductory essay that describes the circumstances under which each portfolio piece was written (the nature of the assignment, the course for which it was written, the instructor's name, department, and campus phone number); describes each piece's strengths; describes each piece's shortcomings and what the writer would do to improve the piece.
  4. a piece of expository writing produced during a two-hour session supervised by the WAC Coordinator's office, on a topic to be given at the start of the session. (Readings for the candidate to study may be given out ahead of time, however.)

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