Writing @ UNI



The ability to communicate effectively has long been the foundation of a liberal arts education. In today's world, that communication often takes written form. However, writing is no longer confined to a printed piece of paper. Rather, written communication migrates from place to place, assumes various contexts, and is constrained by various technologies, genres, and different purposes. While the very basics of communication -- using appropriate grammar and style, critical and effective reasoning, etc. -- are still important, today's world demands even more critical engagement with questions of how to write effectively.

UNI's Liberal Arts Core begins serious study of and practice with writing. Below are the expected outcomes that serve as a basis for further study and practice of writing throughout the curriculum and beyond. Students are urged to complete their Liberal Arts Core Writing Requirement in their first year.

Student Outcomes

    Ability to produce written texts that are focused, clear, complete, and effective

    Research and source materials are used critically and with understanding of their content and context.

    Written texts demonstrate understanding of audience needs, critical context, and writing purpose.

    Ability to use a professional documentation style correctly and consistently.

    Awareness and skillful use of writing processes, including invention, drafting, revising, and editing.

Reading and Writing Activities

    Attention to critical (analytical reading and effective uses of material from sources.

    Guided practice in drafting, revising, and editing with attention, as needed, to: sentence design, paragraph development and coherence, transitions, and overall organization.

    Attention to adapting written discourse to purpose and audience as appropriate within the context of the course.

    Peer and instructor response to drafts, and/or opportunities to substantially revise a graded paper, with instructor feedback.

    Opportunities for student writers to reflect on their writing; their success and difficulties and the overall process they use in writing.

Beyond the First Year

Opportunities to practice and reflect on how writing is shaped according to different disciplines, purposes, and knowledge is provided in other Liberal Arts Core courses as well as within individual majors. The University Writing Committee strives to support good teaching practices, assist departments and programs in promoting writing, and acts as an advisory body to UNI's Faculty Senate regarding the writing curriculum at UNI.

More information on the Liberal Arts Program for Writing and Reading