study (April 2003) by the National
Commission on Writing in America's Schools and Colleges
urges institutions of higher education to "address
the special roles it has to play in improving writing."
Faculty and administrators in the UW-System have already
taken important steps in this direction.
This unique one-day seminar, generously supported
by a grant from the Office of Professional and Institutional
Development (OPID), will focus on ways to design and
enhance "writing-intensive" courses and
programs, offering models and useful resources. We
use "writing-intensive" as an umbrella term
for any campus effort to advance writing, including
but not limited to Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC),
Writing in the Disciplines (WID), writing emphasis
or composition courses, and peer tutoring.
is an integral part of learning in every discipline
as well as a professional activity in its own
will learn more about
to advance student learning and understanding through
to develop, design and revise successful, university-wide
and how successful programs are being operated within
faculty that could serve as resources and campus consultants
scholarship and research informing current approaches
Writing Emphasis and Writing-in-the-Major programs, which
have been featured at two national conferences (Writing
Across the Curriculum and AAHE),
have, for over ten years, been dedicated to advancing student
learning through writing (more info available at http://www.uwlax.edu/wimp
With this background, UW-L proves an ideal location for
a system-wide meeting of faculty and administrators who
share the twin interests of promoting learning and writing.