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  1. Writing Across the Curriculum • “Writing to Learn” • Criteria: • Substantial writing • Multiple assignments • Revision of work • Critical feedback

  2. Substantial Writing Writing Assignments: Percentage of Final Grade Fall 2008 & Spring 2009 Total Sample: 41 Syllabi

  3. Multiple Assignments Total Number of Writing Assignments Fall 2008 & Spring 2009 Total Sample: 40 Syllabi

  4. Total Page Count for Writing Assignments Fall 2008 & Spring 2009 Total Sample: 31 Syllabi

  5. Sample Syllabi • Sample Syllabi • Humanities • Professor Nicky Agate • French Literature in English Translation • Natural Sciences • Dr. Judith Weis • Marine Biology • Social Sciences • Professor Paul Shane • History of Social Welfare Policies & Programs to the 1930s

  6. Using the “Write-to-Learn” Model • Description of lecture/solution to problem posed • Note card with questions • Blackboard response to primary source readings • Essay exam • Oral presentation • Short response paper (argument, memorable quotes, questions for discussion)

  7. Types of Assignments • Library research project • Experimental research project • Lab report requiring data analysis • Annotated bibliography • Poster presentation from literature search • Analytical essay

  8. Fall 2008 Student Services • Workshops • Critical Reading Strategies • Grammar and Style • The Writing Process • Revision and Proofreading • Individual Review • Tutorial Support • Blackboard

  9. Grade Comparison: Writing Intensive vs. English Composition Fall2007 Spring 2008 Fall 2008

  10. Grade Comparison: Writing Intensive vs. English Composition 40%30%20%10% 0

  11. Fall 2008 Tutoring

  12. Faculty Services • Classroom visits • Informational meetings • Survey • Focus group

  13. WAC Challenges • Skill transfer and sustainability: English Composition to upper level courses • Impact of articulation agreements • A writing-active culture?