Writing and Critical Inquiry
*Attention Academic Departments*
As of Fall 2014, Departments are responsible for incorporating into their majors certain academic competencies, including Advanced Writing. Please see the Resources for Faculty/Competencies in the Major section on this site for assistance in developing your proposals and the learning objectives for Advanced Writing: http://www.albany.edu/generaleducation/implementation-timetable.php
Writing and Critical Inquiry Program
In November 2012, The University Senate approved a plan that current General Education policies be revised to establish a required first-year writing seminar, Writing and Critical Inquiry (WCI). This seminar replaces the current lower-division Writing Intensive requirement for students matriculating in Fall 2013 and thereafter. Students must satisfactorily complete the seminar with a grade of C or higher or S.
Approved WCI and WCI- equivalent courses have characteristics so that students will:
- Gain an understanding of writing as a vehicle for inquiry and a rhetorical act
- Produce a variety of texts in common college-level forms and demonstrate the ability to revise and improve those texts
- Understand and learn to apply the conventions of academic writing
- Practice all aspects of writing as a process, including invention, revision, editing, and peer review
- Read and analyze a variety of texts
Writing and Critical Inquiry is a general education requirement that meets SUNY criteria in the areas of Basic Communication, Critical Thinking, and Information Management. Students will:
- research a topic, develop an argument, and organize supporting details
- develop proficiency in oral discourse
- evaluate an oral presentation according to established criteria
- identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own or others' work
- perform the basic operations of personal computer use
- understand and use basic research techniques
- locate, evaluate,and synthesize information from a variety of sources
For additional information on the Writing and Critical Inquiry Program, visit: http://www.albany.edu/wci.
For students who matriculated prior to Fall 2013, students must satisfactorily complete with a grade of C or higher or S a Writing Intensive course. Writing Intensive courses use writing as an important tool in the discipline studied and are not designed primarily to teach the technical aspects of writing. The emphasis is on using writing as a means of sharpening critical thinking in and increasing understanding of the subject of the course.
Approved courses must meet each of the following four criteria:
- A Substantial Body of Finished Work: This is generally expected to be a total of 20+ double-spaced pages in at least two, preferably more, submissions. It may be in a variety of forms—journal, reports, essays, research papers, etc.—not all of which need to be graded;
- Opportunity for Students to Receive Assistance in Progress: Such assistance may take several forms, from visits to the Writing Center (HU 140) to conferences with the instructor;
- Opportunity to Revise Some Pieces: As revision is an essential characteristic of good writing, students should be able to revise some portion of their work;
- Response to Student Writing: Such response may take several forms—from extended comments from the instructor to peer evaluation in student groups. It is expected, however, that the instructor will respond in detail to some extended work of the student.
Note: Transfer students who enter the University with credit for an “English Composition” course or a two-semester combined literature and writing course will be considered to have completed the writing intensive requirement at this University.
Learning Objectives for Writing Intensive Courses
- produce coherent texts within common college-level written forms;
- demonstrate the ability to revise and improve such texts;
- research a topic, develop an argument, and organize supporting details.