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General Education Curriculum: Writing Intensive course criteria

The Writing Program at Benedictine University subscribes to the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) philosophy: writing is central to students’ education and future success and belongs to every discipline. The program requires three writing-intensive (WI) courses of all incoming students: one in the General Education sequence (IDS 201), one in the major, and one elective.

WI courses are defined as not only requiring substantial writing but also as providing instruction in writing as well.  One of the distinctive features of WI courses is a focus on the writing process, including at least one draft critiqued by either instructor or peers.  The course will also pay attention to grammar, style, structure, and higher-order analytical skills, as well as other elements of good writing in the corresponding discipline.  Finally, WI courses require students to produce a minimum of 12 pages of finished, formal writing that illustrates the ability to locate, synthesize, and use information of various kinds appropriately and clearly.

All WI courses must address these Student Learning Goals:

  1. Communication

  a. Express concepts and ideas clearly, creatively, and effectively in oral and written forms​

 

  1. Information Fluency

b. Evaluate sources of information critically to conduct responsible research.

Goals Chart for the Syllabus

Complete the chart and place it in your syllabus.  A downloadable version is below the table.

Goals

Activities and Assessments

2 Communication
a. Express concepts and ideas clearly, creatively, and effectively in oral and written forms

 

3 Information Fluency
b. Evaluate sources of information critically to conduct responsible research

 

 

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