writing to learn. learning to write.
The mission of the Campus Writing Program is to invest in teaching with writing for learning across the curriculum.
Writing Intensive courses help prepare future alumni to succeed in their continued studies, future careers, and community roles as they pursue writing tasks with greater confidence and understand the power of language for effective communication.
From the Campus Writing Program
Why take a WI course?
Writing Intensive courses help produce an educated, articulate citizenry capable of reasoning critically, solving complex problems, and communicating with clear and effective language.
Writing Intensive courses maintain a low student-to-teacher ratio (20:1), require at least 6,600 words of writing, and give students ample opportunity to revise their work to improve their performance. Writing assignments are designed to teach course content and to assess students’ learning, giving faculty the chance to focus on content, concepts and quality of argument while students take responsibility for surface features such as grammar and syntax. WI assignments are tied directly and specifically to the goals of the course and are fully integrated into the syllabus.
Through writing and revising, students not only master course concepts, they also learn to think and write in ways particular to their chosen disciplines.
Workshops and Retreats
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News and Profiles
2023 Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Awards
The Campus Writing Program is proud to recognize the recipients of the Win Horner Award for Innovative Writing Intensive Teaching and the Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Awards. These award recipients have made outstanding contributions to writing for learning in their face-to-face and online classrooms this year.
ChatGPT and Your WI Classroom
As ChatGPT and other AI writing tools evolve, a focus on the connection between writing and learning becomes even more crucial. To help combat misuse, CWP encourages instructors to highlight the ways that writing is a vehicle for learning content to establish a culture of academic integrity that prioritizes critical thinking.
Initiative to Lower Student-to-Faculty Ratio in WI courses
In December 2021, CWP began working with the Office of the Provost to explore ways to support a lower student-to-faculty ratio in Writing Intensive courses. If you have courses that can meet the enrollment cap of 19, please send us a note of commitment and explain what is needed for this to happen.