Checklist of Required WI Course Elements

1. Complexity: Writing may take many (conventional and/or electronic) forms, but each course includes at least one writing assignment that features complexity in context, interpretation, explanation, analysis, evidence, or evaluation. Example assignments that fulfill this requirement can be found here: WI Assignments for Complexity.

Through writing assignments and activities, students will do at least one of the following:

  • Consider real-world problems which have more than one acceptable solution
  • Practice critical scholarship
  • Perform critical reflection
  • Take and defend a position on an issue
  • Pick a topic/format and justify the choice
  • Perform original research and defend research approach
  • Interpret data and evidence to justify conclusions
  • Other
  1. Quantity: Writing for the entire course totals at least 20 pages (6600 words) which can include multiple iterations of the same assignment.
  2. Revision: Each course includes multiple assignments that are complex enough to require substantive revisions for most students. There are at least 8 pages (2600 words) involved in the revision process. These 8 pages can be included in the 20 page course total.
  3. Feedback: Students receive feedback from a variety of readers (instructors, teaching assistants, and/or peers) throughout the writing process.
  4. Range of writing: In-class and out-of-class writing in a variety of multimodal forms and drafts is distributed through the semester rather than concentrated at the end.
  5. Assessment: Writing accounts for at least 50% of the total course grade or requirements. In exceptional cases, the Board will accept a course with writing comprising less than 50% (but no less than 30%) of the total course grade with justification from the instructor.
  6. Grading and marking of papers: In classes employing graduate teaching assistants, instructors provide careful mentoring of other teaching staff. Mentoring may include norming sessions using a common rubric and sharing grading strategies. Instructors maintain involvement in grading and giving feedback.
  7. Group writing: If the course contains group work, instructors elaborate on their methods of assessing individual student contributions and assigning individual student grades. See the group work guidelines for more information.
  8. Student/faculty ratio: WI courses are ideally designed and taught at or below a 25:1 student/instructor ratio. CWP provides funding for other teaching staff to support large enrollment courses. See the large enrollment course guidelines for more information.
  9. Graduate Instructors: If a department chooses to have a graduate student teach a WI course, then the Board needs the GTA’s CV and a letter from the sponsoring department’s chair addressing the rationale for this particular WI teaching assignment and the nature and duration of the WI proposer’s appointment.