Funding for WI Courses

Published on April 4, 2017

Historically, The Campus Writing Program (CWP) has sought to fund all WI courses according to a 1:20 faculty-to-student ratio ($110 for every student past enrollment of 20 and up to 300 students). This funding has exceeded CWP’s allocation each year and thus created a deficit. 

Due to recent budgetary cuts, the Campus Writing Board voted to create a new committee that would determine how best to distribute WI funds across campus and remain within CWP's Other Teaching Staff (OTS) Allocation. Department/Program chairs now respond to a brief survey on all WI courses eligible for funding (each semester has two funding rounds). The WI Funding committee uses those responses and other data to determine funding priorities.

For upcoming semesters: In order to remain within budget and to ensure equitable access to funds for WI courses, the WI Funding Committee determined that CWP should budget for a 1:25 faculty-to-student ratio with a $110 per student allocation (i.e., funding begins with courses exceeding 25 enrollment). Doing so would ensure that sufficient funds are available for the full academic year. As funds are available and the committee has more up-to-date data, the committee will identify how, if at all, the faculty-to-student ratio can be improved. Please see the PDF to the left for a breakdown and timeline of this process.

Funding Subcommittee Status (April 4, 2017)

The committee has completed its Round 1 budget for Summer and Fall 2017 and communicated those numbers via emails to dpeartment chairs. Department/Program chairs who didn’t respond to Round 1 funding considerations will receive a survey for Round 2. The WI Funding Subcommittee will meet at the end of April to allocate the remaining funds for Summer and Fall 2017.

WI Course Proposal Submission Dates

Course proposals are due on the following dates each year to be considered for priority funding and to ensure that the course is listed in MyZou in time for early registration.

Summer Courses - Submit by December 30th
Fall Courses – Submit by January 30th
Spring Courses – Submit by August 30th

To Submit a WI Course Proposal or Update:

If you have questions about funding for WI courses please contact