Writing Intensive Committee
Katherine Schmidt, Chairperson (effective April 2014)
Karen Haberman, Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Mitsy Weitzel, Social Science
Michael Phillips, Creative Arts
Emily Plec, Humanities
A writing intensive course is one where writing (formal and informal) is an integral part of learning: that is, students in WIC write not only to demonstrate their knowledge of the subject matter (tests and research/term papers) but are engaged in informal, exploratory writing, writing that they use to push their thinking, to deepen their understanding of the subject matter, to explore questions they have about the subject matter.
In a WI course, the goal is to give students as many opportunities as possible to write (exploratory writing-to-learn using informal formats and writing-to-show-knowledge in formal assignments), to receive feedback from their peers and their instructors during the writing process, and to demonstrate how to write in a particular discipline, understanding the requirements regarding writing styles inherent in that discipline.
WOU students are required to complete a minimum of two WI courses for graduation. Ideally, they should have WIC in the major and the minor - courses where class size is kept to 25 at most. Additionally, at least one of these WI courses should be concentrated in the upper-division (300-400 level) offerings where the subject matter of each discipline is explored in more depth than in the LACC courses and where we can show students how to write in that discipline's style. WR 135 is designated as a pre-requisite for UD WI courses. Departments, then, need to develop and maintain upper-division WIC in the majors/minors they offer. The Writing Center Director provides assistance to departments and instructors who are developing WI courses. The Faculty Senate's Writing-Intensive Committee recommends the WIC label for courses, based on statements and syllabi submitted by individuals or departments, going through their curriculum committees.
Objectives of Writing Assignments
Objectives of WI discipline-specific writing assignments over the course of a term should include the following:
Guidelines for WIC Approval
The following guidelines have been designated as the basis for WIC approval:
Process for Writing Intensive Course Designation Approval
For a PERMANENT course change, follow the listed procedure:
For a TEMPORARY course change, follow the listed procedure:
WIC Forms (last revised 3/03--preparing for 2014 revision)
Appendix F in the WOU faculty Handbook includes the following:
INT 360: Current Issues in Interpreting
Sponsor: Amanda Smith
Approved: April 2014
GERO 410: Gerontology Practicum I
Sponsor: Margaret Manoogian
Approved: May 2014
LIB 225: Advanced Research for College, Work, and Life
Sponsor: Robert Monge
Approved for Fall 2014: June 2014
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