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Guidelines for Writing Across the Curriculum Category Revisions

  1. Check to see if you need to renew your application for W status by going to the list.
  2. Review the samples for Type I and III writing assignments and Type II Department Responsibility Statements.
  3. Complete the appropriate renewal form by answering the questions associated with the appropriate category (listed below).  Note: If there is more than one Type II course offered by your department, the same Department Statement of Responsibility may be used for each renewal form.
  4. Obtain required signatures and turn in to the Liberal Studies office (103 Stabley) by April 8, 2014.

Type I: Professor Commitment

  1. List up to three of the W courses that you have you taught since your appointment as a Type I professor.
  2. Using your most recent W course, discuss what the writing activities are intended to accomplish.  In other words, why are you giving this assignment and what will it teach your students about your course content and/or about writing in your field?  

To streamline this process you do not need to describe the amount of writing, indicate the frequency of assignments or fill out the summary chart for writing assignments.

Type II: Department Commitment

  1. Include the most recent syllabus for the Type II course.

    Addendum:  This does not have to be the syllabus of record, since the syllabus of record could potentially be rather dated.  These syllabi are not meant to replace the syllabus of record; rather they represent how the department is currently teaching a particular Type II W course.  These syllabi do not have to be revised using the Liberal Studies objective format.  

  2. Include a new “Statement Concerning Departmental Responsibility”.  The "statement of departmental responsibility" explains how the department will ensure that the writing component is present regardless of who is teaching the course.  It needs to identify the specific department group or individual who is responsible for ensuring this.

    Addendum:  This section should show how the department is going to support the W nature of a Type II course, not repeat what is being taught in the course.  For example, there is no need to repeat the writing criteria (5000 words, essays exams, research papers etc.) in this section as the type of writing and/or assignments might change over the years.  The responsibility relies on the department and they should explain how it will be supporting the W course to ensure that it is being taught in the proposed manner.  That may be creating a community of writers within the department or a yearly meeting(s) to discuss Type II offerings.  It might also be associated with particular outcomes from the course (often in accredited programs).  

Type III: Professor Makes Individual Course Application

  1. Specific Course: include the most recent syllabus for the Type III course.
  2. Using your most recent W course, discuss what the writing activities are intended to accomplish.  In other words, why are you giving this assignment and what will it teach your students about your course content and/or about writing in your field? 

To streamline this process you do not need to describe the amount of writing, indicate the frequency of assignments or fill out the summary chart for writing assignments.

  Samples for Type I/Type III and Type II
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