Guide to the George Mason University Writing Across the Curriculum program records, 1980-2014

George Mason University Writing Across the Curriculum program R0500


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George Mason University

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USA

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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections & Archives
Creator George Mason University. Writing Across the Curriculum program
Title George Mason University Writing Across the Curriculum program records
Bulk Date 1990-2013
Inclusive Date 1980-2014
Physical Characteristics 9.75 linear feet (20 boxes)
Abstract Records of George Mason University's Writing Across the Curriculum program, which promotes writing proficiency in all academic disciplines at the University.
Collection Number R0144
Language English

Historical Information

The George Mason University Writing Across the Curriculum program's function is to incorporate and improve written communication in all academic departments at the University. The program officially began in 1990, although according to former WAC Assistant Director Sarah Baker, WAC workshops had been taking place at Mason since 1978. The WAC program sets standards for classes designated as Writing Intensive in all academic disciplines - WI classes must require at least 3500 words of writing and provide opportunities for students to revise and improve their written work. WAC has also maintained Peer Tutoring and Writing Fellows programs, providing talented students with opportunities to teach their skills to others. Writing fellows are assigned to specific classes and give feedback on written assignments, while peer tutors assist students through the university's Writing Center, which collaborates with but is no longer directly part of WAC. WAC also supports departmental awards for excellent undergraduate writing, as well as producing a newsletter and collaborating with the George Mason Review, an undergraduate academic journal.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of records created as part of George Mason University's Writing Across the Curriculum program. It includes documents produced as a result of the administration of the program, such as surveys of students and faculty members, correspondence, notes, statistics, meeting summaries, reports, and information related to student writing awards, as well as material produced by academic departments and faculty, such as criteria for assessing writing within different academic departments and syllabi from writing-intensive courses. Also included are records related to Writing Fellows and Peer Tutors associated with specific classes and with the university's Writing Center, as well as planning notes from and copies of the WAC program's Newsletter and the George Mason Review. The records date from 1980-2014, with the bulk of materials dating from 1990-2013.

Series 1: Administrative Records contains statistical information, surveys, summaries, reports, correspondence, and general information related to the implementation and regular operations of the Writing Across the Curriculum program.

Series 2: Writing Assessment contains meeting minutes, correspondence, notes, and lists from the Writing Assessment Group, as well as rubrics, sample essays, reports, and records of workshops for various academic departments.

Series 3: Syllabi under review contains syllabi from classes to be designated as writing-intensive organized by academic department.

Series 4: Peer Tutors/Writing Fellows contains Peer Tutoring course information, as well as employment information and files on individual Writing Fellows and Peer Tutors, including faculty recommendations and student evaluations of Writing Fellows.

Series 5: Writing Awards contains budget lists, correspondence, and photocopies of certificates for student departmental writing awards.

Series 6: Writing Intensive Courses includes criteria, reports, proposals, and correspondence related to the designation of courses as writing intensive.

Series 7: Newsletters/George Mason Review contains planning materials and copies of WAC newsletters and the George Mason Review.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged into seven series.

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1990-2014
Series 2: Writing Assessment, 1998-2010
Series 3: Syllabi under review, 1990-2013
Series 4: Peer Tutors/Writing Fellows, 1980-2012
Series 5: Writing Awards, 2008-2013
Series 6: Writing Intensive Courses, 1990-2012
Series 7: Newsletters/George Mason Review, 2000-2013

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the George Mason University Writing Across the Curriculum program records must be obtained from Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.

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Index Terms

Corporate Names:

George Mason University. Writing Across the Curriculum program.

Subjects:

Universities and colleges--Curricula--Virginia.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Mason University Writing Across the Curriculum program records, #R0144, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the GMU Writing Across the Curriculum program in 2014.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Tyler Chadwell and Elizabeth Beckman in Fall 2014. EAD markup completed by Elizabeth Beckman in December 2014.

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Bibliography

Sarah Baker, "GMU WAC Program: Comprehensive Review and Assessment of Program Responsibilities, Initiatives, and Outreach," GMU WAC Program, November 2011.

George Mason University Writing Across the Curriculum Program, 'Writing Across the Curriculum,' George Mason University, 2014.

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Contents List

Series 1: Administrative Records 1990-2014
This series contains records related to the implementation and regular operations of the Writing Across the Curriculum program.
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1 1 Graduating Senior Survey Report, 2006-2007
2 Writing Fellows Assessment, 2005-2009
3 Graduate Senior Survey, 1997-2009
4 Faculty Survey Writing Assessment, 2001-2002, 2010, undated
5 Website Info To-Do, 2000, 2008, undated
6 Writing Center Pie Charts, 2007-2008
7 WAC Program Assessment, 2010
8 Re-envisioning WAC, 2010
9 College Writing Profiles, 2002-2010
10 Access to WAC Classweb, 2005
11 Chairs and Undergraduate Coordinator, 2000-2012
12 GMU Catalog Info, 2011
13 Advising Sheets, 2000-2012
14 RAK 2008, 2008
15 Linked Course History, 1990-2010
16 Core History, 1990-2000
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2 1 Foundation: Main, 1998
2 Foundation: Re-org, 2000-2010
3 Foundation: Account Records, 2000-2012
4 Foundation: Writing Center 2008-2009, 2008-2009
5 Assessment Material for archives-to file with departments, 2000-2010
6 Writing Across The Curriculum Highlights, 2005
7 Writing Assessment Group Highlights, 2006
8 University Writing Center Highlights, 2006
9 Admin (Sarah Baker, Jackie), 2011
10 Correspondence 1991 RE: Thaisse/Marne, 1991
11 WAC Website, 2006-2009
12 WAC Committee Spring 2012, 2012
13 Books and Bibliographies COMP/WAC, 2006
14 Mason WAC, 2014
15 WAC Program Assessment, 2011
16 WAC meetings, 1999-2000
17 WAC, 2004-2005
18 WAC, 2002-2004
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3 1 WAC, 2005
2 WAC, 2006-2007
3 WAC, 2007-2008
4 WAC 2010-2011 continued, 2010-2011
5 WAC, 2010-2011
6 WAC, 2009-2010
7 WAC Meetings, 2008-2009
8 WAC Initiatives: Accounting Graders, undated
9 WAC Initiatives: GM Review, 2007
10 WAC Initiatives: ITL Presentations, undated
11 WAC Research-Vanderslice, 1998
12 WAC Reception 1999, 1999
13 Assessment Linked Courses, 1997
14 Linked Courses-Still WAC?, 1997
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20 1 WAC history, 1991-1999
2 WAC brief history, 1991-1993
Series 2: Writing Assessment 1998-2010
This series contains records from the Writing Assessment Group, as well as rubrics, sample essays, reports, and records of workshops for various academic departments.
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4 1 Sample Assessment Essays, 2010
2 Writing Assessment Group, 2009
3 Faculty workshop on Assessing Student Writing Competency, 2002
4 WAC Assessment Report CT and Fischer, 1998
5 Sample Papers for Training Workshop, 2009
6 Assessment Workshop Info and Background Proposal, 2009
7 Writing Assessment Group (WAG), 2008
9 Writing Assessment Group (WAG), 2006
8 Writing Assessment Group (WAG), 2007
10 Writing Assessment Group (WAG), 2005
11 Writing Assessment Group (WAG), 2004
12 Writing Assessment Group (WAG), 2002-2003
13 National Commission on Writing, 2004
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5 1 Rubrics, 2011
2 Engineering (ECE) Assessment, 2003
3 ECE Notes, 2003
4 Administration of Justice/Criminology Assessment, 2009
5 Department of Applied Information Technology Writing Assessment, 2007
6 Anthropology Writing Assessment, 2009
7 Art History Writing Assessment, 2008
8 Atmospheric Ocean and Earth Science, 2009
9 Conflict Analysis and Resolution, 2008
10 Department of Art and Visual Technology, 2009
11 Biology Assessment, 2007
12 Bachelor of Individualized Study BIS Assessment, 2009
13 Chemistry Assessment, 2010
14 Communications Assessment, 2011
15 Dance Assessment, 2010
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6 1 English Assessment, 2003
2 Phil sophy Assessment, 2011
3 Economy Assessment, 2011
4 English 101 Assessment, 2009
5 School of Management, 2009
6 School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism, 2006
7 Sociology Assessment, 2006
8 Social Work Assessment, 2008
9 Systems Engineering Assessment, 2009
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7 1 Writing Assessment Participant Thank You Letters, 2002-2010
2 Volgenau Assessment, 2009
3 WAG, 2003
4 Assessment Bios, 2007
5 APR Guide, 2010
6 WAC Assessment Rating, 2003
7 GMU Career Census, 2007-2010
8 Gen Ed. Reqs, 2008
9 WAG/Schev History, 2000-2001
10 ATD Article, circa 2008
11 WAG-Korea Terry Article, circa late 2000s
12 Geology Assessment, 2002-2010
13 Global Affairs Assessment, 2002-2008
14 History Assessment, 2002-2010
15 Math Assessment, 2002-2010
16 French/Spanish Assessment, 2002-2010
17 Music Assessment, 2002-2010
18 New Century College - Integrated Studies, 2002-2010
19 Nursing Assessment, 2002-2010
20 CEIE Assessment, 2002-2010
21 Geography (GGIS), 2002-2010
22 Geology (AOES), 2002-2010
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8 1 Geography and Geology Assessment, 2002-2010
2 MAIS, 2002-2010
3 Modern and Classical Languages Assessment, 2002-2010
4 Music Assessment, 2002-2010
5 Cornerstones Assessment, 2002-2010
6 Global Affairs Assessment, 2009
7 Physics and Astronomy Assessment, 2002-2010
8 Public and International Affairs and Government Assessment, 2002-2010
9 Psychology Assessment, 2002-2010
10 Religious Studies Assessment, 2002-2010
11 Sociology Assessment, 2002-2010
12 Social Work Assessment, 2002-2010
13 Systems Engineering Assessment, 2002-2010
14 Theatre Assessment, 2002-2010
Series 3: Syllabi under review 1990-2013
This series contains syllabi from classes to be designated as writing-intensive organized by academic department.
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9 1 Art History 2010, 2010
2 Biology, 2010
3 B.A. Individual Study (BIS), 2010
4 Chemistry, 2010
5 Communication, 2010
6 Conflict Analysis, 2010
7 Computer Science, 2010
8 Criminology, 2010
9 Dance, 2010
10 Engineering, 2010
11 Economics, 2010
12 English, 2010
13 Environmental Policy, 2010
14 French, 2010
15 Game, 2010
16 Geology, 2010
17 Geography, 2010
18 Government, 2010
19 Health and Human Services, 2010
20 History, 2010
21 Internet Technology, 2010
22 Math, 2010
23 Music, 2010
24 Physical Education, 2010
25 Physics, 2010
26 Parks, Rec, and Leisure Studies, 2010
27 Psychology, 2010
28 Russian, 2010
29 Sociology, 2010
30 School of Management, 2010
31 Spanish, 2010
32 Theatre, 2010
33 Visual Arts, 2010
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10 1 Administration of Justice, 1999-2004
2 Anthropology, 1999-2004
3 Art History, 1994-2004
4 Art and Visual Technology, 1994-2004
5 Astronomy, 2006
6 Biology, 2000-2004
7 Bachelor of Individualized Study BIS, 1997-
8 BSIT (ITE-2002), 1999-2004
9 Business, School of, 1990-2004
10 Chemistry, 1994-2004
11 Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering, 1994-2004
12 Classic and Modern Languages, 1994-2004
13 Communications, 2004
14 Computer Science, 1993-2006
15 Conflict Analysis and Resolution, 2006
16 Dance, 1994-2004
17 Economics, 1994-2009
18 English, 1994-2004
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11 1 Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1997-2004
2 Film and Video Studies, 2008
3 French, 2000-2009
4 Geography, 2000-2004
5 Geology, 2004
6 Global Affairs, 2004
7 Global and Environmental Change, 2000-2009
8 Health, Fitness, and Recreation, 1990-2004
9 History 1, 1990-2004
10 History 2, 1990-2004
11 History 3, 1990-2004
12 Honors, 1999
13 Latin American Studies, 2004
14 School of Management, 1994-2004
15 Mathematics, 1990-2004
16 Medical Technology, 2008
17 Modern and Classical Languages, 1990-2004
18 Music, 1999-2004
19 Neuroscience, 2000-2009
20 New Century College, 2000-2004
21 Nursing, 2000-2004
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12 1 Philosophy and Religious Studies, 2000-2004
2 Physics and Astronomy, 1994-2006
3 Psychology, 1990-2004
4 Public and International Affairs, 1990-2004
5 Russian Studies, 1990-2004
6 Sociology and Anthropology, 1990-2004
7 Social Work, 1994-2004
8 Spanish, 1990-2004
9 Systems Engineering, 1994-2004
10 Theatre, 1994-2004
11 Urban Systems Engineering Program, 1999
12 Government, 2012
13 Geology , 2012
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13 1 Anthropology, 2012
2 Art History, 2012 Fall
3 Art and Visual Technology, 2012 Fall
4 B.A. Individual Study (BIS), 2012 Fall
5 Biology, 2012 Fall
6 Chemistry, 2012 Fall
7 Chinese, 2012 Fall
8 Communication, 2012 Fall
9 Computer Game Design, 2012 Fall
10 Computer Science, 2012 Fall
11 Conflict Analysis, 2012 Fall
12 Criminology, 2012 Fall
13 Dance, 2012 Fall
14 Economics, 2012 Fall
15 Engineering, 2012 Fall
16 English, 2012 Fall
17 Environmental Policy, 2012 Fall
18 French, 2012 Fall
19 Geology, 2012 Fall
20 Government, 2012 Fall
21 Health Administration and Policy, 2012 Fall
22 History, 2012 Fall
23 Internet Technology, 2012 Fall
24 Math, 2012 Fall
25 Music, 2012 Fall
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14 1 Nursing, 2012 Fall
2 Parks, Rec, and Leisure Studies, 2012 Fall
3 Philosophy, 2012 Fall
4 Physics, 2012 Fall
5 Psychology, 2012 Fall
6 Russian, 2012 Fall
7 Spanish, 2012 Fall
8 Sociology, 2012 Fall
9 Theatre, 2012 Fall
10 Anthropology, 2013 Spring
11 Art, 2013 Spring
12 Art History, 2013 Spring
13 Biology, 2013 Spring
14 Chemistry, 2013 Spring
15 Chinese, 2013 Spring
16 Communication, 2013 Spring
17 Computer Science, 2013 Spring
18 Conflict Analysis, 2013 Spring
19 Criminology, 2013 Spring
20 Health Administration and Policy (HAP), 2013 Spring
21 History, 2013 Spring
22 Information Technology (IT), 2013 Spring
23 Math, 2013 Spring
24 Nursing, 2013 Spring
25 Philosophy, 2013 Spring
26 Physics, 2013 Spring
27 Parks, Rec, and Leisure Studies (PRLS), 2013 Spring
28 Psychology, 2013 Spring
29 Spanish, 2013 Spring
30 Theatre, 2013 Spring
31 Russian, 2013 Spring
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15 1 Economics, 2013 Spring
2 Engineering, 2013 Spring
3 English, 2013 Spring
4 Environmental Policy, 2013 Spring
5 Film and Video Studies, 2013 Spring
6 French, 2013 Spring
7 Geography, 2013 Spring
8 Government, 2013 Spring
9 Modern and Classical Languages, 1990-2000
10 Art, 1990-2000
11 Art History, 1990-2000
12 History, 1990-2000
13 Chemistry, 1990-2000
14 Public and International Affairs, 1990-2000
15 Sociology, 1990-2000
16 Social Work, 1990-2000
17 Urban Systems Planning and Management (USPM), 1990-2000
18 School of Management, 1990-2000
Series 4: Peer Tutors/Writing Fellows 1980-2012
This series contains Peer Tutoring course information, as well as employment information and files on individual Writing Fellows and Peer Tutors.
Box Folder
16 1 Peer Tutors/Writing Fellows CHSS 390/NCLC 295, 2010
2 Peer Tutor/Writing Fellows ALUM Project 109, 2009
3 Peer Tutors/Writing Fellows, 2009
4 Conner Morgan BIS 390, 2010 Fall
5 Writing Fellows, 2012 Fall
6 BIS 390 Emma K., 2012 Spring
7 Comm 300 Nick H., 2012 Spring
8 Forensics Hannah M./Olivia S., 2012 Spring
9 Nicholas Hagar, 2012 Spring
10 Hannah Menefee, 2012 Spring
11 Kim Ruff CONF 302, 2011 Spring
12 Paula Salamou CRIM 303+E227, 2011 Spring
13 George Buzzell BIO 307, 2011 Spring
14 Taryn Brooks-Faulconer Bio 307, 2011 Spring
15 Scott Silvestain ACCT 462, 2009 Spring
16 Louise Martin Hist 300, 2009 Spring
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17 1 Caitlin McPherson, 2008 Spring
2 Mike Dupuy ENGH 101/107, 2008 Fall
3 Tamara Rowe HHS 201, 2008 Fall
4 Hist 125, 2005 Fall
5 Volunteer Tutors, 2010
6 Handout for Best Practices for Teaching Writing, 2004
7 Dwayne Phillips-Technical Writing Seminar, 2010
8 Psych Email Mentoring Presentation, 1990-2000
9 Writing Fellows: Caroline Gergel, 2008
10 Writing Fellows: Simone Erchov, 2008
11 Writing Fellows + UAP, 2005
12 Writing Fellows, Spring 2009
13 Writing Fellows: Alumni Project, 2006-2010
14 Dance Writing Fellow-Jessica Brenchick, 2010
15 Writing Fellows: Records of CAS 390, 1999-2000
16 Peer Tutoring Background and History: Spanish Writing Center, 2010
17 Peer Tutoring Background and History: Select Peer Tutors/Writing Fellows Observations, 2008
18 Peer Tutoring Background and History: Former Tutor Lists, 1980-2008
19 TA Training and Orientation and Ongoing development, 2000-2010
20 CHSS 390: Peer Tutoring and Writing Fellows, 2003
21 Tutor Training , 2006
Series 5: Writing Awards 2008-2013
This series contains budget lists, correspondence, and photocopies of certificates for student departmental writing awards.
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17 22 Writing Awards, 2013
23 Writing Awards, 2011-2012
24 Writing Awards, 2010-2011
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18 1 Writing Awards, 2009-2010
2 Writing Awards, 2008-2009
3 Writing Awards (Past), 2008
Series 6: Writing-Intensive Courses 1990-2012
This series includes criteria, reports, proposals, and correspondence related to the designation of courses as writing intensive.
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18 4 Win(ning) Initiative, 2010
5 WI Syllabi Collection Memos, 2010
6 WI Instructor Reminders, 2010
7 WI Syllabi Review Reports, 2010
8 WI Courses-Enrollment, Caps, Instructors, 2010
9 Volgenau- WI Courses, 2010
10 WI Course Listings (location and accuracy), 2010
11 WI Courses (general info), 2010
12 WI Course Criteria non-GMU, 2010
13 Profiles WI Courses, 2010
14 WI Reminder Memo 2005, 2010
15 WI Report 2007-2008, 2010
16 WI: Materials for Tracking and Evaluating, 2010
17 WI: Course Proposals 1, 2010
18 WI: Course Proposals 2, 2010
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19 1 College Writing Profiles: Writing Intensive Program, 2010
Series 7: Newsletters/George Mason Review 2000-2013
This series contains planning materials and copies of WAC newsletters and the George Mason Review.
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19 2 WAC Newsletter, 2010
3 How To--Newsletter, 2010
4 Example Newsletters from other universities, 2010
5 Newsletter-History of Planning, 2010
6 Ideas, Plans, Materials for Newsletters, 2010
7 Newsletter-Principals, 2010
8 Newsletter Printing Invoices, 2010
9 GMR (George Mason Review), 2010
10 Fall 2011 Newsletter, 2010
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