WEL Program - Writing, Engagement, Learning

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About the Program: What It Is and Why It Exists

The WEL Program is Campbellsville University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which was begun in 2004 to comply with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) requirements. In accordance with the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, an acceptable QEP “focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution” and “identifies goals and a plan to assess their achievement”  (SACS-COC, 2008, p. 7). The WEL Program seeks to enhance student learning and engagement through the use of writing.

What WEL Does?

 The program uses a multi-prong approach to enhance student writing, engagement and learning. Opportunities exist at both the faculty and student levels. Each year, the WEL Program facilitates the following:

  • The Summer Reading Program (SRP)
    • Similar to many campuses across the nation, CU’s Summer Reading Program strives to provide a common experience for incoming students. Additionally, it is aimed at emphasizing the importance of reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking for having a successful academic career.
    • Each year, a text is selected and distributed at no charge to incoming students.
    • The SRP is incorporated into First Class as an avenue for discussion.
  • Off-Campus Faculty Retreats
    • Twice a year, a small group of faculty members are recruited to attend an intense two-day off-campus working retreat that focuses on: writing across the curriculum, assignment  and rubric construction, challenges related to student writing, and strategies for engaging student learning through the use of writing. It is our goal that eventually all faculty members will have participated and brought back additional knowledge and resources for their classrooms.
    • For information on attending a retreat, please contact Peggy Stotts, 270-789-5483.
  • Funding for Student Engagement Activities
    • To assist faculty in providing activities that increase student engagement, the WEL Program contributes to the discretionary funding of faculty proposals aimed at pursuing that goal.  Past examples include: bringing guest speakers or musicians to campus, taking students on field trips, purchasing DVDs for the classroom, and assisting students in attending professional conferences.
    • Each proposed activity must have a writing component for students that will assist them to more actively engage with their course content and building skills for their career.
    • Beginning with the Fall 2009 semester, revisions in the application process for requesting student engagement funds have been put in place. The new application packet, including guidelines, is available from this webpage. 
  •  Writing Center---for writing assistance on campus.
    • The Writing Center provides a physical environment conducive to enhancing student writing and writing tutors to assist students.
    • Location: The Writing Center is located in the Badgett Academic Support Center
    • Web:  www.campbellsville.edu/writing-center

Sources: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges, (2008). Principles of  accreditation: Foundations for quality enhancement. Retrieved February 6, 2009 from http://www.sacscoc.org/pdf/2008PrinciplesofAccreditation.pdf.