WAC stands for Writing Across the Curriculum
- Campus-wide program encourages students to use writing in every discipline to synthesize, analyze, and apply course content
- Administered by a committee of faculty members
- Found online under W in the A-Z index
WR stands for Writing-Intensive courses
- All or selected sections of courses, may be designated with a WR
- Graded writing adds up to 2000 words (about 8 pages, double-spaced) over the whole semester
- The course must also offer ungraded writing opportunities
- Graded and ungraded writing assignments vary widely by discipline and instructor
- An educational enrichment opportunity available to students in all programs
- Requires at least 30 hours of WR courses with at least a B average in the WR coursework
- A gold seal noting the completion of the Writing-Intensive Option is affixed to the diploma
- Adds “Writing-Intensive Option Completed” to the student’s transcript
Benefits of WR for the Student
- Improved writing skill – the qualification most often requested by employers
- An edge in applying to transfer institutions
- More in-depth understanding of the course
- More opportunity for self expression
Benefits of WR for the Teacher
- FEEDBACK — Enhanced assessment of student comprehension
- Satisfaction of helping students earn recognition for the writing they do in the course
- Reduced class size (one less student) per FA Contract
- Enhanced professional recognition
- WR courses are for honors students — In fact, WR courses are for all students in all disciplines.
- WR courses require long papers — In fact, individual assignments vary. Some may be as brief as a paragraph.
- WR sections are more difficult than other sections – In fact, often sections not labeled with the WR designation may have just as much writing but the instructor has not submitted the course for WR approval.
- WR instructors are teaching and grading on style and grammar — In fact, WR assignments are evaluated for clarity and completeness of communication according to standards in the particular subject area.
- WR courses are more work — In fact, course content is different, not necessarily more difficult.
ADVISING GUIDELINES FOR WR* COURSES
DOs and DON’Ts for Advisors
DO tell students:
- Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) is a program that promotes writing and improves a student’s ability to communicate clearly through writing.
- Writing-Intensive courses are designated on the master schedule as WR.
- WR courses can not only improve a student’s writing but can also help students more fully understand and learn the course content.
- Writing can improve critical thinking and analytical skills.
- Students who complete 30 credits of WR credit with a B average will have a “Writing-Intensive Option Completed” statement added to their transcript and/or diploma.
- WR courses help prepare students for studying at four-year colleges.
- The WR Option can improve your chances of being accepted to a four-year college.
- Employers are looking for employees who have good communication skills, especially writing.
DON’T tell students:
- WR courses require a lot more work.
- You don’t want to take WR courses, do you?
- Don’t take WR courses if you don’t like to write.
- Most students don’t choose WR courses.
- The grading is stricter in WR courses.
- WR courses are only for Honors Students.
For more information, contact Amy Burtner, Interim Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator, at 292-3386 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit the WAC Website at www.monroecc.edu (under “W” in the A-Z Index)