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Writing Center

First-Year Writing Program

First-Year Writing

The College supports the transition to the College’s writing intensive curriculum through First-Year Studies. Students write frequently in First-Year Studies courses and are provided with substantial feedback on their writing to help them progress. At mid-term, the Director of Writing Programs, in collaboration with First-Year Studies professors, will recommend students to take College Writing 100 in the spring semester. While most students will make sufficient progress as writers in their First Year Studies courses to satisfy the First-Year Writing requirement, students who need additional instruction and explicit guidance in writing processes and skills will be required to take College Writing 100 to prepare them to meet the expectations of the writing curriculum at the College.

The faculty Writing Committee oversees assessment of the First-Year Writing Program using an agreed upon rubric through random selection of writing samples from First-Year Studies courses.  These criteria are used to determine placement in CWR 100 in the spring semester.

CWR 100: College Writing

Designed to enhance students’ reading, writing, and reasoning strategies—and to build their confidence and enjoyment in college writing—this course requires critical response, careful analysis, and research-based argument. Through critical engagement with texts and writing processes, students will learn how to construct arguments to meet the challenges of academic and professional writing. This course is designed to improve students’ writing habits, reduce anxiety associated with writing, and improve overall academic performance. (Does not meet GEC Humanities Requirement.)

College Writing 100 has the following goals: to improve writing processes and attitudes, to introduce research-based writing processes, to deepen analytic writing, reading, and thinking strategies, and to address grammar and style issues on a personal/individual level.  See detailed goals (pdf)  ​for more specific course objectives and outcomes.