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Strategic Plan for Supplemental Writing Skills


The mission of the SWS Program is to enable students to write effectively* for multiple purposes and audiences through the integration of writing across the curriculum. *Effective writing is sensitive to rhetorical situation and genre constraints. It meets established standards for style and correctness in that situation. Edited Academic Written English (EAWE) is one dialect, and often not the only one, that students need to master in order to shape their lives, their professions, and a linguistically diverse society.


The SWS program inspires and equips students to write effectively in a variety of rhetorical situations. The SWS program helps departments to improve the quality of teaching in a framework of courses that integrate writing with content. The SWS program effectively disseminates current research and theory in writing.

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

Strategic Priority Area 1: Actively engage learners at all levels.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Strategic Priority Area 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 3.A.1

3.A.1. The SWS program will create an efficient and effective assessment system by aligning its assessment practices with the GenEd program.


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Strategic Priority Area 4: Enhance the institution's image and reputation.

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