The University Writing Portfolio is a two-part, mid-career diagnostic to determine if your writing abilities are ready to handle the challenges of your Writing-in-the-Major (M) Courses and other upper-division courses that assign writing.
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Because the University Writing Portfolio fulfills a UCORE Requirement, it will be evaluated by a cross-departmental committee of WSU faculty. The committee will give it one of three ratings:
Completed with distinction
The work represents the top 10% of WSU junior-level writing. This achievement will be entered into your WSU transcript. Your University Writing Portfolio requirement will be fulfilled.
The work shows a proficiency in writing suitable for upper-division work at WSU. Your University Writing Portfolio requirement will be fulfilled.
The work shows a need for additional, structured writing assistance in upper-division course work. You will be required to take additional course work in the form of a one-credit writing collaborative taken in conjunction with one of your Writing in the Major [M] courses, or a three-credit writing course. You must complete the additional course assigned to you in order to satisfy the University Writing Portfolio requirement. Writing collaboratives are facilitated through the Undergraduate Writing Center.
In the case you believe the evaluation result is inaccurate, you have 120 days to formally appeal the decision.
- Criteria for Evaluation
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Packet Cover Sheet
- Submission Cover Sheet
- Appeal Process
WSU Campuses and WSU Online students
Contact your campus Writing Portfolio office for instructions on scheduling a timed essay session and turning in your packet.
Please note: Academic integrity is the cornerstone of the university. Any student who attempts to gain an unfair advantage over other students by cheating will have to submit a new Junior Writing Portfolio and will be reported to the Office Student Standards and Accountability. Cheating includes, but is not limited to: plagiarism, submitting papers that are not your own, and forging professor signatures. Cheating is further defined in the Standards for Student Conduct for students, WAC 504-26-010 (3). Read more.