Launched in 2007, the Writing-Enriched Curriculum (WEC) Program offers undergraduate departments a method for supporting curricular infusion of discipline-relevant writing and writing instruction. WEC has been implemented in every undergraduate college at the University of Minnesota and is now being adapted at several peer institutions, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Each year, the program enrolls 3-5 academic units (typically departments). An enrolled unit remains active for a period of 7-10 years, during which its faculty creates, implements, and assesses three editions of an Undergraduate Writing Plan. In each unit, a faculty member is appointed as WEC Liaison. Liaisons serve as on-site coordinators of Writing Plan activity (drafting, revision, implementation, and assessment) and work in partnership with members of the WEC Team. Writing Plans are approved by the Campus Writing Board, a subcommittee of the University’s faculty senate.
Ongoing assessments at the University of Minnesota indicate that departments implementing WEC have seen positive shifts in writing instruction and in the rate at which student writing meets local faculty expectations.
Currently, several peer institutions, both in the U.S. and abroad, are adapting WEC models on their campuses. The University of Minnesota will host a first international WEC Institute in April 2018. Those wishing to receive information about this upcoming event can sign up here.