Brooklyn College Writing Across the Curriculum


Writing Intensive Requirements and Resolutions (October 2006)

Bulletin Copy (approved by Faculty Council in May 2006)
[UNDER “COLLEGE WIDE REQUIREMENTS”]

All students must satisfy the College Writing Intensive requirement by (1) completing a writing-intensive course (designated with a W after the number) or (2) completing a writing-intensive major (currently English, Music, Philosophy, and Political Science). Students should be aware that most programs require one or more W courses within their major or a related discipline. See “Transfer Students” for waiver regulations.
[UNDER “TRANSFER STUDENTS”]

Writing Intensive/Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) requirement: Transfer students will satisfy Brooklyn College’s writing intensive requirement if they: (1) successfully complete a Brooklyn College writing-intensive (W) course; (2) fulfill the requirements of a writing-intensive major; (3) submit to the registrar a transcript or course description from another college verifying that they have taken a designated writing-intensive course (most of these courses will be identified automatically within the normal transfer evaluation process); or (4) demonstrate that they have had such a course by submitting an acceptable portfolio of previous college writing to the head of the program in the discipline of the course. If a course taken at another college is deemed equivalent to a Brooklyn College W course, except that it is not writing intensive, credit for the Brooklyn College W course will be granted. Whereas an AA or AS degree from CUNY satisfies the College W requirement, no Associates degree automatically satisfies the writing intensive requirement in the major.
[UNDER “BASIC SKILLS”]

Writing Intensive/Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) requirement

The CUNY WAC requirement is met at Brooklyn through writing-intensive courses in the major. See “Collegewide requirements.”
Faculty Council Resolutions

(c. 2001) Students who matriculated before September 2001 are exempt from the writing intensive requirement. [This does not include students who are readmitted after one or more terms of absence.]
(Nov. 2005)

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
Program heads (a category taken here to include department chairs and deputy chairs for specific concentrations) may extend waivers of the writing intensive requirement to seniors graduating through August 2006 in programs that cannot supply enough seats or sections of their W courses, and that

Program heads may grant waivers through Fall 2006 either to individual students or on a program-wide basis for graduating seniors in Africana Studies, American Studies, PRLS, Women’s Studies, and Modern Languages, and that

Program heads may extend waivers to graduating seniors through Fall 2006 who logistically would not have been able to meet the writing-intensive requirement for their major. Copies of these (e-mailed) waivers must be sent with an explanation to the WAC committee (c/o Liz Weis).
(Dec. 2005)

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
Department chairs or program heads or their delegates have the authority to assess the portfolio of a transfer student’s writing for a course within their discipline to determine whether that course fulfills the Brooklyn College writing intensive requirement, and that

Program heads (a category taken here to include department chairs and deputy chairs for specific concentrations) may extend waivers of the writing intensive requirement for seniors through December 2007, and that Continuing students who enter prior to fall 2006 with a CUNY associates degree be deemed to have met the college WAC requirement but not necessarily to have met the writing intensive requirement in their major, and that Faculty Council charge the WAC coordinators and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies to draft a writing intensive requirement policy that is in accordance with Board guidelines for students transferring with CUNY associates degrees as of fall 2006 and present it to Faculty Council for action. [Recommendation approved by Faculty Council in May 2006 as above.]

13 October 2006








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