GUIDELINES TO CREATING A WRITING INTENSIVE (WI) COURSE
Intensive is a curricular designation which, when assigned to a
course, indicates a specific set of writing experiences will occur
in that course regardless of the course content or discipline. This
label is meant to serve as a signal to students that a particular
course is following the guidelines for Writing Intensive Courses.
- Faculty who teach WI courses have attended WAC workshops to
learn about the principles and techniques of developing and teaching
writing intensive classes.
- A Writing Intensive course includes a variety of informal and
formal writing activities and assignments. These writing experiences
are a reflection of the two approaches to Writing Across the Curriculum:
“Writing to Learn” and “Learning to Write.”
Formal assignments are designed using a process approach to writing
so that students are provided revision opportunities and receive
feedback during that process. Depending on the discipline, there
is a minimum of 2500 words during the semester. This minimum assists
in monitoring the volume of writing.
- Activities and assignments in a Writing Intensive course are
planned so as to incorporate a Writing Fellow that may be assigned
to the class. The Writing Fellow can assist with student conferencing
on assignments, peer-review activities, and collaborative projects.
- Faculty members who teach WI classes limit themselves to two
WI courses per semester. By doing so, they acknowledge the labor-intensive
character of the WI course and are able to provide the necessary
time for feedback to students throughout the WI course.
- Faculty members interested in having a class designated WI follow
the application process, and when approved, notify their Dean
of the designation in the class schedule for the semester the
class will be offered.