WRITING ENRICHED CURRICULUM (wec) INITIATIVE
In 2014, the University Center for Excellence in Writing initiated conversations with department faculty, students, and administration from across the university, about the need for more support in developing good discipline-specific writing practices for students working within their respective majors. While the UCEW’s Writing Across the Curriculum program has focused primarily on developing a solid foundation of general writing skills for lower-division students, we are eager to assist departments to ensure that students write effectively in their courses for the major and help departments bridge any curricular gaps that inhi bit student success in upper division writing. The UCEW recognizes that experts in discipline-specific writing are departmental faculty themselves. Therefore, we have initied a multi-year, departementally- specific WEC process.
The WEC initiative leads departments, schools, and colleges through the processes of integrating writing systematically throughout their majors and concentrations (e.g. facilitating department-wide discussions to identify desired student outcomes, mapping departmental curricula, creating assessment plans, and designing departmental proposals for revising curricula in majors and concentrations). A paid faculty liaison is appointed to facilitate a year of self-study and deparment-wide discussion, which results in a departmental writing plan. This plan (see template) is submitted at the end of the self-study year with a request for funding. This plan is implemented and revised two times in the course of the duration of each department's participation.
The original Writing Across Curriculum program, initiated in 2007, was desigend to enhance Gordon Rule classes across the curriculum, primarily in the lower division. The WEC initiative provides a more integrated approach to writing in the majors by distributing the support for writing across courses rahter than certifying writing-intensive classses.
The WEC Team
- Director: Jeff Galin - Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, Director of the University Center for Excellence in Writing ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Assistant Director of Writing Across the Curriculum: Julianne Zvolensky ( email@example.com )
Interim Assistant Director of Writing Across the Curriculum: Claudia Amadori (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WEC Department Proposals
|Languages Linguistics and Comparative Literature||Initial Proposal||Revised Proposal||
Oean and Mechanical Engeneering
|Initial Proposal||Revised Proposal||Final Revision|
Urban and Regional Planning
|Inital Proposal||Revised Proposal||Final Revision|
|Revised Proposal||Final Revision|
If you are interested in participating in the WEC initiative please contact Dr. Jeff Galin at email@example.com.
Advantages of Participating in WEC Initiative
- departments develop a more strategic and systematic inclusion of writing across majors.
- departments develop their own comprehensive set of criteria for writing outcomes for students in their majors.
- faculty identify existing writing assignments and requirements within their department’s curriculum that support the outcomes.
- time commitment from faculty is minimal.
- this process can help identify needs of students in the major, particularly transfer students who often need more support than they are provided.
- departments will apply for financial support to implement this process during the implementation phase.
WEC Stages and Process
WEC uses a three-phased, multi-semester recursive process to help academic units incorporate writing:
- WEC process timeline
The Role of the Liaison
The WEC liaison is chosen by the department chair to serve as the conduit between the department and the WEC executive team leadership (WAC Director and Assistant Director).
- Liaison's responsibilities
WEC Recorgnition Ceremony
Departments and liaisons who are participating in the WEC initiative were recorgnized at the 2019 WEC Recorgnition Ceremony held in conjuction with the Student Publication Ceremony.