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Academic Senate

Institute Writing Commitee


The Institute Writing Committee (IWC) shall evaluate courses for the determination of meeting the Writing Intensive (WI) designation and maintain appropriate inter-college relationships with regard to Institute Writing Policy matters. The IWC will consult with the various curriculum committees  regarding program objectives and the criteria for WI Courses, review courses proposed to carry a WI designation and grant approval for  this designation, act as a liaison between all academic units to determine student and faculty need regarding implementation of the writing policy, define priorities for adequate professional and curricular support for both students and faculty, stay current with research for changing best practices with writing program administration, assess the feasibility and desirability for instituting these practices at RIT, and make recommendations accordingly, serve in an advisory role to program faculty  in the development of assessment methods for the writing course outcomes, participate in a “culture of writing” by working with faculty to design additional opportunities for writing: writing contests, student publications, service courses, special projects, and individual study.

The membership of the IWC shall include: a college faculty representative from each college to be elected by his or her collegial faculty; one representative elected at large by the Academic Senate; the Writing Program Director; one representative from the Academic Support Center, and the English Language Center; and the provost or his or her delegate (ex-officio, voting). Representatives will serve staggered three-year terms with the possibility of reappointment.

  1. Recommend a timeline for optimal student completion of the various writing requirements at RIT, including first year writing and writing intensive general education courses.
  2. Present a proposal for a WI course enrollment cap at Academic Senate. Identify resource and staffing ramifications of such enrollment caps at various numbers of students.
  3. Continue to evaluate courses submitted for WI designation. Develop guidelines and procedures for assessing WI courses that have been taught in the classroom. This will include discussions about guidelines and procedures for evaluating the WI program.