About the Writing Program
We’re located in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education in rooms 303 and 305. This building is also called the CUE.
Our Hours during fall & spring terms are 8 to 4 on weekdays. In the summer and during the winter break, our hours are subject to change. We are closed on all official university holidays.
Contact the Pullman Undergraduate Writing Center at email@example.com.
Contact the Graduate Writing Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing Program Director
Writing Center Director
Instructor & Instructional Materials Designer
Instructor & Graduate Writing Center Coordinator
Writing Assessment Office Front Desk
Writing Portfolio & Writing Placement
Writing Center Website
Global Campus (WSU Online)
The Washington State Writing Program was created in the early 1990s as a result of a mandate by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board that the University provide “end of career” writing assessment for graduating seniors. Seeking to create an innovative assessment that drew from cutting edge scholarship in Composition and Rhetoric, faculty members in the English Department teamed up with the General Education Program to create an instructional assessment that provided formative rather than summative results. In other words, the University Writing Portfolio was conceived of as a way not just to assess student writing proficiency, but to offer an educational response to the assessment that would reinforce writing proficiency in all graduates. In pursuit of this goal, Writing in the Major courses were added to the curricular infrastructure to guarantee that all WSU students would receive expertly-guided practice in writing for their chosen majors.
The Writing Program has provided direct student support through the Undergraduate Writing Center since the late 1980s and through the Graduate Writing Center since 2008. Additionally, the Writing Program offers students high-impact and low-enrollment classes on a variety of writing-related topics so that students can earn credit as they develop their writing skills and strategies.
Central to supporting the success of the Writing in the Major initiative, the Writing Program has offered faculty development opportunities in the form of the WORD! Faculty Fellows professional development series, the Brown Bag professional development series on teaching with writing, assessment trainings for the placement and portfolio evaluation teams, and one-with-one conferences for interested participants.