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April 10: Integrative learning, transfer focus of talk
March 27, 2017

PULLMAN, Wash. – Teaching so students learn to apply acquired knowledge and skills to new situations will be discussed by visiting professor Rebecca Nowacek in a free, public presentation 3-4:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, in CUE 518 at Washington State University. Light refreshments will be served.

Oct. 5, 6: Mentoring the topic of Native storyteller
September 26, 2016

crit-callebs-smallPULLMAN, Wash. – Speaker Crit Callebs will inspire faculty and others to consider their role as mentors to students and the place of storytelling in the academy at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the CUB junior ballroom and via videostreaming at other Washington State University locations. Light refreshments will be served.

WSU Writing Program ranks among top in nation
September 14, 2016

By Beverly Makhani, Undergraduate Education

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Writing Program at Washington State University again has been named among the 21 best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. WSU is the only institution in the Northwest to “typically make the writing process a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum,” according to the rankings criteria.

WSU Writing Program ranked among top in U.S.
September 9, 2015

By Beverly Makhani, Undergraduate Education

writing-program-80PULLMAN, Wash. – The Writing Program at Washington State University is ranked among the best “writing in the disciplines” programs in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2016” released today.

Helping profs find just the right words in grading
May 4, 2009

You take a sip of wine. Your host asks, “How do you like it?” You say, “I like it” or “It’s not good.” You responded, but have you given good clues as to what you really meant?

Was your merlot “deliciously fruity with a hint of wood” or “too spicy and flowery” for your taste?

Grading writing by students is a lot like that, says Lisa Johnson-Shull, co-director of the WSU Writing Program. To help students communicate more effectively on each successive paper, professors could use a vocabulary that is clear yet descriptive enough to inspire change and growth.

So she’s … » More …

Writing portfolio produces high results
October 31, 2007

PULLMAN – Employers who ask for new hires with writing skills should be pleased with soon-to-be graduates from WSU, according to results in a comprehensive evaluation of undergraduate upperclassmen.


According to Diane Kelly-Riley, director of Writing Assessment, the WSU Writing Portfolio Seventh Findings (2005-07) report is “by far the most positive report ever.”


“Students are completing their junior Writing Portfolios earlier in their academic careers, they are submitting writing examples from a wider range of disciplines and more students campus wide are showing they are ready to write proficiently in their majors,” said Kelly-Riley. “The data in the report supports that there’s a … » More …