During the fall semester, the principles and philosophy of WID guide faculty participants as they redesign their course syllabus. During the spring semester, participants pilot and fine-tune their new syllabi.

Criteria for a “WIDed” course:

  • Students write every week
  • Writing activities include both informal and discipline-specific, formal assignments
  • Students complete frequent, low-stakes writing assignments
  • At least one assignment is a substantial, staged assignment of 10-12 typed pages
  • Students receive feedback on their writing from the instructor and peers
  • Students have the opportunity to revise more than one paper
  • Writing counts for at least 20% of the course grade
  • Grading criteria are clearly indicated on the syllabus

Please see the select syllabi provided by former faculty participants.