Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City
Writing Across the Curriculum
What is Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)?
- a program of curricular change through faculty development
What are the major premises of WAC?
- writing is a way of critical thinking
- writing is a process of making decisions and evaluating the
effectiveness of those decisions through drafting, feedback, and
- writing is a tool for learning
- writing is a performance-based skill
- writing occurs in a context
What are the primary goals of Longview's WAC Program?
- to provide professional development opportunities for faculty to acquaint them with WAC philosophy and strategies
- to provide individual consultation and ongoing support for
faculty members as they experiment with new strategies and ideas in
How does WAC work at Longview?
Introductory WAC Workshops
- introduction to basic WAC theories and strategies in a workshop setting
- presumes no previous knowledge of WAC
Individual Consultation with WAC Coordinator
- course projects developed collaboratively with WAC Coordinator
- feedback provided on existing assignments and processes
- coaching provided for evaluation of student writing
- custom-designed support materials for course projects
- custom-designed class presentations and workshops
Writing Intensive Program
- provides lower student-teacher ratio (class cap of 28)
- focuses on consistently using writing as a tool for learning
- permits more opportunity for instructor feedback on student work in drafts of projects and informal writing
- encourages students to value revision by reflecting on
writing decisions, determining their effectiveness, and making
appropriate changes if necessary
- provides support for faculty and opportunities to confer with colleagues