Writing Across the Curriculum
News and Updates
- The 2018 WAC Colloquium at York will be held on Tuesday, February 13th, at 12:00 PM in the Faculty and Staff Dining Room, 2D01. With the theme 'Making Connections from First-year Writing to Writing Intensive Courses," The WAC Colloquium will be a discussion including faculty across campus. For information, see the flyer here: WAC Colloquium 2018 Flyer (pdf)
- The process for Writing Intensive course proposals has undergone some minor changes. For details, see the WI Proposal page and the Writing Intensive Course Requirements page.
- WAC Pods are coming! These are discipline-specific WAC professional development groups which help faculty help each other in discussions of teaching writing in the disciplines. For more information, attend the WAC Colloquium or watch the e-mail lists for updates.
What Is WAC?
WAC stands for Writing Across the Curriculum. WAC is really more of an idea than anything else. It's the idea that college students should not stop writing when they leave their freshman composition course. Rather, writing should play a role "across the curriculum," meaning in all courses and in all departments, throughout a student's college career. Almost twenty years ago, CUNY decided WAC was important enough to require each CUNY campus to develop its own WAC Program.
What Is the WAC Program?
The WAC Program provides resources to help integrate writing into the curriculum in every department and academic program at York College.
We work to expand the role of writing in the General Education curriculum. We support faculty in the development of Writing Intensive courses and we manage the process of designating courses as Writing Intensive.
WAC works closely with the academic departments on campus.
Who Is the WAC Program?
The committee responsible for WAC represent the major divisions of York College. We are supported by CUNY WAC Fellows, advanced graduate students from a wide array of disciplines enrolled at The CUNY Graduate Center, who develop and implement WAC activities and initiatives. Matt Garley serves as the WAC coordinator for Writing Intensive courses and the chair of the Writing Intensive Advisory Committee, and Jonathan Hall serves as the WAC Coordinator for Writing Fellows.
What can I find on the WAC website?
We have a great deal of valuable material available for students and faculty on this site. Students will be interested in:
- Writing Intensive course requirements for graduation
- Writing Intensive course offerings this semester (and an archive of previous semesters)
- Handouts for specific Writing Intensive courses
Faculty will be interested in:
- The guide to teaching Writing Intensive courses
- CETL presentations:
- Efficient Grading for Busy Faculty
- Scaffolding Cognitive Demands in Writing Assignment Design
- Best Practices for Students with Disabilities
- Best Practices for Multilingual Learners
- Writing at York College
- Teaching Effective Reading Strategies
- Writing assessment materials
Both faculty and students will be interested in:
- Do you need help preparing a Writing Intensive (WI) course proposal or syllabus?
- Would you like a Writing Fellow to facilitate a workshop for your students, focusing on a particular aspect of writing for your course?
- Are you looking for support in order to integrate more writing into your course?
Learn more about what WAC and WAC fellows can do for your class, program, etc by downloading our brochure.