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Mission and Approach

Our mission for the First Year Writing Program at RIT is to help students “enter the conversation” of university level writing and research.

First Year Writing (FYW) is a General Education “Foundations” course that plays an essential role in students’ academic transition to the university. In FYW, students will learn about the social and intellectual aspects of university writing, and develop critical literacy practices required for academic success. For example, students completing first year writing will learn to:

  • Revise and improve their writing
  • Express themselves effectively in common college-level written forms using standard American English
  • Use relevant evidence gathered through accepted scholarly methods and properly acknowledge sources of information (General Education Framework)

Starting AY2013-14, three courses will satisfy the first year writing requirement: UWRT 150, ENGL 150, and ISTE 110. Regardless of the unit offering the course, every section of FYW will satisfy the general education student learning outcomes for First Year Writing and enrollment will be limited to 21 students.

Our approach to FYW:

We work with students on inquiry-based & collaborative approaches to learning.

This approach fosters and promotes intellectual curiosity, applied critical thinking, and life-long learning.

We provide expert instruction on recursive writing processes, critical reading, rhetorical knowledge, and information literacy.

This approach teaches students that effective writing is a recursive process, influenced by individual learning styles, social context, purpose, feedback, technology, and audience. Students use digital and print resources to find, evaluate, and integrate relevant source information into their writing. Students cultivate the ability to read, understand, interpret, and discuss intellectually challenging texts that represent different cultural perspectives, and academic disciplines.

We see language difference as an opportunity for making and presenting meaning through writing, not as an obstacle to understanding.

This approach to writing highlights the role of culture and language in communication – whether difference is experienced between individuals who are Deaf, Hearing, or Hard of Hearing, are coming from different countries and speak different languages, or who are studying in different disciplines.