WI. Writing Intensive
The mission of General Education at The College of St. Scholastica is to help students define for themselves the issues of responsible living and meaningful work. As it seeks to fulfill this mission, the College has as one of its outcomes:
Intellectual and Foundational Skills
St. Scholastica students need intellectual and foundational skills that prepare them for responsible living and meaningful work.
Students at St. Scholastica will:
This Pathway requires several of the following indicators:
a. A Writing Intensive (WI) course is one in which at least half of the final grade is based on writing.
b. Faculty teaching WI courses must spend time in and out of the course teaching writing, not just assigning writing. Faculty should adopt a process approach to writing so that students have the opportunity to practice writing and receive feedback that will help them develop their writing skills.
c. Faculty who offer writing intensive (WI) courses should ask students enrolling in those courses to write at least 4000 words.
d. Writing in WI courses may include essays, analyses, reviews, letters, journals, reports, arguments, and/or research papers.
e. 2000 of the 4000 word total must be formal, edited, and proofed texts: these texts might include essays, research reports, and/or documents which would be appropriate in a professional context.
f. WI course enrollments are limited to 20 students.
g. Faculty members who teach a WI course should have training before teaching the course. English Department faculty will offer writing workshops at least once a year.
h. Faculty who wish to offer WI courses must be prepared to demonstrate, in some detail, how writing will be incorporated in their courses, what writing activities they will assign, and how they (faculty) will work with students to help them develop their writing skills.