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determining readiness to write in the major

University Writing Portfolio

The University Writing Portfolio is a mid-career diagnostic used to determine if students’ writing abilities have advanced in ways that can handle the writing demands of upper-division courses and courses in their major. The University Writing Portfolio identifies students who demonstrate a need for structured writing support with upper-division writing requirements, as well as recognizes the standard of writing expected of all WSU graduates.

Upon reaching 60 credits, WSU students receive a hold on their my.wsu account indicating that it is time to begin the two-part University Writing Portfolio. Students must complete one of the two options in order to get the hold removed: complete the timed write or submit the packet of three papers. The following semester a second hold will be placed on the student’s account, at which point the student must complete the remaining portion of the Portfolio. Portfolios are evaluated in their entirety by faculty members from across the university.

For information on changes to the Portfolio process regarding COVID-19 and the move to online course formats, please follow this link:  Submission Process  

Completion of the University Writing Portfolio is a requirement for graduation at Washington State University.