Writing and Communications

writing

 

Purpose

In December 2017, the President’s Task Force on Student Learning and Success made 12 recommendations to enhance the educational experience of our students, the first of which was that UGA emphasize writing skills in the curriculum.

The Task Force was clear: “Most of our undergraduate students are not receiving sufficient training to write effectively on a college and professional level, despite the fact that writing is often cited as one of the most critical competencies desired in the workforce.”

They concluded that the curriculum needed to provide more opportunities for students to improve their writing skills and recommended that:

“UGA should re-evaluate its writing requirements with an emphasis on three goals: (i) UGA students should have more college-level writing experience, (ii) at least a part of the college writing experience should be discipline-based, and (iii) writing instruction should be broadened to include competencies in multimodal, especially, digital communication.

draft proposalIn January 2018, a committee was formed to propose a writing and communication requirement that would accomplish these three goals without increasing the number of credit hours needed for graduation. The 17 members of the committee met every 2-3 weeks from early March 2018 through February 2019 to develop a draft proposal.

Open Forums

The Writing and Communications Committee now seeks feedback from faculty and others on its draft proposal (Download PDF of Draft Proposal (PDF)). Faculty are invited to one of the open forums listed below to learn more about the proposal, ask questions, and provide feedback.

  • Fri., Feb. 8, 4:00pm, Science Learning Center Room 145 (floor plan)
  • Tue., Feb. 12, 1:00pm, Correll Hall Room 402 (floor plan)
  • Mon., Feb. 18, 4;00pm, MLC 248
  • Wed., Feb. 27, 11:00am, Keadle Conference Room, Warnell Building 2 (floor plan)