College Writing Proficiency Criteria

College Writing Proficiency (CWP) at Goucher College (Revised December 7, 2016)
CWP is a requirement for graduation from Goucher. We expect students to be able to write at the college level in multiple disciplines, for multiple purposes. Students may apply for CWP after completing WRT 181 and a Writing Enriched Curriculum (WEC) course in any discipline. 

Portfolios submitted for College Writing Proficiency (CWP) should include 3-4 essays totaling approximately 20 (double-spaced) pages of writing. Submissions can come from across the curriculum and should represent what you consider your best and/or most successful writing completed at Goucher, and should, when examined as a whole, demonstrate the characteristics listed below.

Portfolios should also contain a brief letter to the readers of your portfolio introducing us to these texts and explaining how they demonstrate your college writing proficiency.

Please label your digital portfolio folder with your full name and ID number. Please include the identifying information about both your WEC course and your WRT 181 course.

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Proficient Essays will include writing that:

  • has a specific thesis, purpose, and/or focus.
  • analyzes, argues, synthesizes, speculates, evaluates, and/or reflects (and not merely reports or summarizes).
  • effectively develops the essay with substantial, convincing evidence from appropriate sources for the given purpose, audience, genre and discourse community.
  • uses an appropriate register for the given purpose, audience, genre and discourse community.
  • illustrates awareness of discourse community and genre norms, conventions and differences.
  • correctly employs appropriate citation and documentation (for example, MLA, APA or Chicago Manual Style) and employs correct use of direct quotation, paraphrasing, and summarizing for the given purpose, audience, genre and discourse community.
  • has been revised to improve global issues with development, structure, voice, register and the quality of the evidence, analysis and/or argument.
  • has been edited using Edited American English to improve local issues of sentencing, diction, mechanics (i.e. grammar/usage/punctuation)
  • has effective organization and structure (both globally and at the sentence and paragraph level) for the given purpose, audience, genre and discourse community.