Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Course Requirements

for College Writing Proficiency (CWP)

       All candidates for College Writing Proficiency in each WAC course should be given a copy of this list of requirements, which they should read carefully.  Students who ask instructors to consider them as candidates for CWP should sign the form below and submit it to the instructors for their records.  No student should expect to be considered for CWP in the course unless the instructor has given them permission to do so with a signed copy of the second memo.

I. WAC Course Requirements.

A. Must be a 3-credit-hour course at the 200-level or higher.

B. Must admit no more than 5 students as College Writing Proficiency Candidates, and need not admit any CWP candidates.

C. Must evaluate the writing of prospective CWP candidates in the first weeks of the course to determine their eligibility.

D. Must require at least 20 pages of finished writing from CWP candidates.

E. Must require at least one paper submitted in draft form before final evaluation.

F. Must require CWP Candidates to demonstrate research and documentation skills in a format suitable for the course.

II. WAC CWP Candidate Requirements.

A. Must contact the instructor to request consideration for CWP credit at the beginning of the course.

B. Should have earned a C- or better on papers written for English 105, or must demonstrate by some other means, to the WAC instructor's satisfaction, that the student will be able to satisfy the requirements. Others should take English 106.

C. Should use the Writing Center tutors' assistance early in the process of composing each paper to obtain the maximum benefit from the course.

D. Must cooperate with the instructor; failure to carry out instructions is sufficient cause to be denied CWP credit.



I have read and understand the requirements for WAC CWP candidacy, and I formally request that you evaluate my writing for CWP in your course. I agree to cooperate with your suggestions regarding my writing, and to seek assistance at the Writing Center whenever necessary throughout the semester.


_____________________________________________(student's name)






____________________________ has my permission to write for College Writing


Proficiency in my course ___________________, during ______________ (Sem/Year).________________________(WAC instructor) ____________(date)


Goucher College Writing Proficiency Criteria (Rev. 8/2006)

Criteria Goucher faculty consider most important to proficient writing:


Writers should have clear theses that are appropriate for their papers' length, audiences, and purposes, with appropriate transitions between major parts.

Writers should demonstrate that they can develop positions and arguments rather than merely describe topics.


Writers should logically organize the major points of their papers, using techniques appropriate to their topics and the logic of their arguments.

Content Specifics / Support--

Writers should support their theses with sufficient, specific, appropriate evidence.

Writers should demonstrate their ability to employ the basic strategies of research writing: evaluation and analysis of primary and secondary sources, engagement with differing arguments and correct incorporation of them into the writers' argument, and appropriate citation.

Writers should understand the definitions and consequences of plagiarism in all its forms, as described in the Academic Honor Code.

Style and Voice--

Writers should use diction that is clear, accurate, and appropriate.

Writers should be able to compose effective complex sentences rather than just simple and compound sentences.

Writers usually should use strong verbs, avoiding passive and vague constructions, except when required by genre (e.g., the use of passive voice in lab reports).

Writers should use standard grammar and spelling.  Sentences should be coherent, unambiguous, complete, and properly punctuated.

Writers should use paragraphs that are well-organized and coherent, with clear topics and functions that serve the paper's thesis.