Definition and rationale:
All baccalaureate graduates of UW should develop written communication abilities throughout their undergraduate experience, including exposure to current technologies used for communication. The writing courses will assist students to achieve competence in rhetorical knowledge, composing processes, knowledge of conventions, and critical thinking, reading, and writing.
A placement system should be established for the lower-division writing course, with supplemental instruction available as needed. Students may be able to fulfill their WA requirement by placing at the WB entry level, when such an instrument is available and viable. Lower-division writing will be a prerequisite for mid-level writing, and mid-level writing will be prerequisite for upper-division writing; prerequisites will be enforced. Writing 2 (WB) and 3 (WC) can be taught in any department. The mid- and upper-level writing courses may fulfill other University Studies or major requirements. Faculty development opportunities will be made available for faculty and lecturers interested in teaching the writing courses, and to facilitate student and program assessment.