This graph shows the Writing to Learn Classes Offered each fall, spring, and summer semesters since the Writing to Learn program beginning in 1990.

Statistics of Writing to Learn

  • Proposed: Fall 1989
  • Enacted: Spring 1990
  • Originally referred to as: Writing Intensive
  • Changed name to: Writing to Learn in Fall in 1999
  • Since its beginning:
    • Now considered to be part of the Writing Across the Disciplines
      • Students have only been allowed to take one Writing to Learn per semester as stated by the course sequence 
      • Writing to Learn courses have either been taught by Associate or full time Professors
      • All the teachers have had to undergo a Writing to Learn workshop
      • Instructors take part in this program on a volunteer basis
      • WL classes open and close depending on student demand
  • The average WL class has:
    • An average of 20 students
    • Writing assignments once every two weeks at least
      • Assignments vary from informal to research papers
  • Recent Development:
    • Encouraging further writing development through having students write approximately 15 pages in each Writing to Learn Class
    • Encouraging the usage of the PSU Rubric in developing Writing to Learn assignment rubrics
    • Having instructors submit their WL syllabuses for review of Writing to Learn Components
    • Enhanced analysis of Writing to Learn Classes taught over the programs duration
    • Began permitting a few upper division undergraduate classes to be taught as Writing to Learn
  • Writing to Learn Programs Nationwide
    • Similar versions of this program are implemented at other universities across the United States