First Year Writing (FYW) plays an essential role in students' transition from secondary to post-secondary education. What distinguishes FYW from other Writing Intensive courses is that students learn about the social and intellectual aspects of writing in the university, and develop critical reading, writing, research and reflection practices required for academic success.
What is DSP? Video Introduction
For a captioned video introduction to the Directed Self Placement Process, click HERE
The faculty of the UWP strongly support the idea of student agency. That is, we believe that you, the students, should make decisions about the coursework that best suits your writing goals. This will also help to prepare you for the many decisions you will face as you navigate the academy, the workplace, and the world. Instead of a writing placement exam evaluated by a panel of professors, The UWP has adopted Directed Self Placement (DSP). If you are beginning your first year here at RIT, you have a choice to make about where you would like to begin in the RIT writing sequence. There are two places to start.
All incoming first year students will be placed in a section of First Year Writing (150). You can, however, choose to enroll in a "stretch" program, where you begin one semester in UWRT 100 (which counts for 3 Gen Ed elective credits), and then stretch to UWRT 150 in the next semester, thus completing your FYW requirement. Both100 and 150 emphasize academic literacy – reading, writing, critical thinking, theory and analysis. Both are rich in resources designed to assist you as you begin your academic writing career. Each choice leads to filling the FYW requirement. UWRT100 begins with a focus on you as a writer as a starting point, and exists in order to help you to ease into and to succeed later, in 150, which focuses more on writing and participating in academic conversations. If you feel like you need a bit more preparation for 150, then the 100stretch is an option (NOTE: students who take UWRT 100 still need to take 150 in order to fill the requirement).
Unsure? take the writing self-assessment survey below to see where you are right now in terms of writing or contact the UWP at email@example.com for a consultation.
Name What You Know: A Writing Self-assessment
This survey contains a series of questions that ask you to reflect on your past and present reading, writing, and academic literacy knowledge and practices to assess where you are right now as a writer. This look back will help you to start thinking about whether UWRT 150, UWRT 100, or perhaps other resources are the right fit for you. Take the survey HERE
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UWRT 100 Sample Assignment
You will have three types of writing experiences in UWRT 100: Critical Analysis, Critical Synthesis, and Research.
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UWRT 100 Sample Syllabus
For an overview of a sample 100 course, click HERE