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The innovative Writing-Enriched Curriculum Program is currently enrolling undergraduate departments into its 15th cohort. To apply, faculty representatives are invited to submit a Letter of Interest no later than February 1, 2019.

That date may seem a long way off but we'll begin reviewing applications as they come in. Also, most participants have found it useful to hold preliminary discussions about the project in fall semester faculty meetings. In mid-February, five departments/programs will be selected to begin the process (thus joining the 61 departments already involved). Faculty activity will begin in Fall 2019.

In addition, you're encouraged to check out pertinent items from WEC program's FAQ document, particularly questions #11 (Why do units enroll in the WEC Program?); #13 (What kind of time commitment is expected)?; and #14 (Is anyone available to talk to faculty about WEC prior to the application deadline?) Additional questions may be addressed to wac@umn.edu.

Brief Program Description

Now beginning its 12th year, the WEC Program continues to provide fiscal and instructional support to integrating effective and discipline-relevant writing and writing instruction into undergraduate curricula. The WEC process provides a method by which faculty members collectively identify the kinds of thinking they expect students in their majors to demonstrate in writing. They also identify the kinds of support they feel they need in order to help students develop these writing abilities. Ultimately these discussions generate content for the unit's Writing Plan, which is then collaboratively implemented. To date, assessment of student writing in WEC units indicates that creating and implementing Writing Plans can significantly increase the rate at which students demonstrate the writing abilities unit faculty expect to see.

Reasons for becoming involved in this initiative include concern about the communication abilities demonstrated by students enrolled in undergraduate majors. Additional incentives include financial support for locally devised initiatives, customized instructional support, multiple forms of assessment data, and a set of discussions that have been described as rejuvenating, lively, and formative.

Enrollment-Application Process

Units interested in applying to participate in our 15th cohort can submit a Letter of Interest. Letter of Interest forms are due February 1, 2019, but can be sent in now (the earlier the better). Cohort 15 units will initiate preliminary activity in Spring 2019 in preparation for creating Writing Plans during AY 2019-2020.

Questions may be addressed to wac@umn.edu.