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Strategic Plan for Supplemental Writing Skills

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

Value Statement

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

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

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

Objective 1.A.1

1.A.1. All SWS courses will require learners to write at least 3,000 words, supported by at least 4 hours of writing instruction, personalized feedback, and revision.

Baseline

N/A

Progress

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
The University Writing Skills committee reviewed eleven syllabi and provided written feedback to professors to ensure that each SWS syllabus clearly states the program requirements and expectations.

Objective 1.A.2

1.A.2. Students taking their second SWS course will achieve proficiency of written communication skills.

Baseline

N/A

Progress

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
The University Writing Skills Committee has successfully initiated a university-wide assessment of students' learning of written communication skills in SWS courses. 1/3rd of SWS courses are being evaluated each year.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

SWS courses will encourage students to write about course content for multiple purposes and audiences in the most fitting discourse, including the discourses used in students' family and community lives. 

Baseline

1 workshop given during the 2016 Teach-In.

Progress

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
The director of Writing Across the Curriculum (SWS) along with professors in Anthropology, English linguistics, English education, and staff in the Writing Center delivered two workshops in January and November 2017. Progress was made by this group in reaching out to students whose home dialects differ from academic English to examine dialect and identity through a student magazine called MESH.

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.

Baseline

0% courses assessed

Progress

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
SWS Assessment system has been rolled out. We are revising our practice for continual improvement as we head into our fourth semester requesting Course Assessment Reports.

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

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