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. This assessment is used to identify students who demonstrate a need for structured writing support with upper-division writing requirements, as well as recognize the standard of writing expected of all WSU graduates.
The University Writing Portfolio requires students to select two academic papers they’ve written that they are most proud of, reflect on their writing strengths and abilities demonstrated in those papers, and submit these documents to the Writing Program.
Upon reaching 60 credits, students will receive a registration hold as the final reminder that the University Writing Portfolio is due; students can begin the submission process as soon as they enroll at WSU. In other words, while there is not an exact “due date” for the UWP, students must submit the portfolio during the term in which they have 60 credits and are welcome to submit anytime before then.
Completion of the University Writing Portfolio is a requirement for graduation at Washington State University.
Changes to the University Writing Portfolio in 2020
Beginning in the fall term of 2020, students will submit their University Writing Portfolio (UWP) online rather than with printed copies and in-person. This change comes in part as a response to the restrictions of education during Covid-19 and in part as the natural evolution of the assessment. The Writing Program is currently using Qualtrics as the submission platform.
Students will need to select two of the essays or papers they’ve written for college-level courses to include in the portfolio. Within Qualtrics, students will be guided to reflect on each essay or paper; the reflection questions will ask students to consider why they’ve selected these papers and what they show about their abilities and strengths as college-level writers. The Writing Program has eliminated the Timed Write component of the UWP. Faculty signatures are no longer required, and student are no longer expected to include drafts with grades or faculty comments.
University Writing Portfolio submissions will be read and evaluated by members of the Writing Program’s UWP assessment team. These readers include faculty, instructors, and para-professional responders from all departments and disciplines who have been trained to review UWP submissions in light of the goals and purposes of the assessment. If a reader has concerns about a student’s writing or readiness for upper-division writing endeavors, they may assign a further course requirement, most commonly in the form of a 1-credit course designed to support you as you work on writing-intensive courses such as M Courses. These portfolios are read by two members of the assessment team. Results will be communicated through My.Wsu.
Completed: The work shows a proficiency in writing suitable for upper-division work at WSU. The University Writing Portfolio requirement will be fulfilled.
In progress: The work shows a need for additional, structured writing assistance in upper-division course work. The student will be required to take additional course work in the form of a one-credit writing collaborative (WRIT 205 or WRIT 302) taken in conjunction with a Writing in the Major [M] courses, or a three-credit writing course. The student must complete the additional course assigned in order to satisfy the University Writing Portfolio requirement.
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 University Writing Portfolio and will be reported to the Office Student Standards and Accountability. Cheating is further defined in the Standards for Student Conduct for students, WAC 504-26-010 (3). Read more.