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Advising Students about Writing Intensive Courses

The most often encountered question that advisors will face will probably center around which students should still take the Writing Proficiency Exam and which students should complete the Writing Intensive requirements to meet Tarleton's writing proficiency requirement for graduation. This question is answered completely under the "Frequently Asked Questions" link, but I just wanted to be sure here that you are able to find this very important information.

If students enrolled at Tarleton before September 2007, they still have to take the Writing Proficiency Exam.

Tarleton is implementing a Writing Intensive Program, and, eventually, completing the Writing Intensive Program requirements will replace taking the Writing Proficiency Exam. But for all students enrolled prior to fall 2007, the WPE is still something that they will have to take and pass in order to graduate.

Tarleton's Writing Intensive Requirement will be a condition for the baccalaureate degree for students entering TSU as new students beginning Fall 2007.

These students must complete Tarleton’s Writing Intensive Program requirements as a condition for the baccalaureate degree:

New students are those who enter Tarleton in fall 2007 as

  • first-time freshmen
    (students with no college credits),
  • entering students with 29 hours or less through earned credit
    (credit through AP, CLEP, IB, or dual credit courses), and
  • transfer students with 29 hours or less transfer credit hours.

In the fall of 2008, the WI requirements will apply to the students listed above and to these new students:

  • first-time freshmen
    (students with no college credits),
  • entering students with 59 hours or less through earned credit
    (credit through AP, CLEP, IB, or dual credit courses), and
  • transfer students with 59 hours or less transfer credit hours.
In the fall of 2009, the WI requirements will apply to the students listed above and to these new students:
  • first-time freshmen
    (students with no college credits),
  • entering students with 89 hours or less through earned credit
    (credit through AP, CLEP, IB, or dual credit courses), and
  • transfer students with 89 hours or less transfer credit hours.

All other students will still be required to take the Writing Proficiency Exam.

Beyond this basic information, if students are having difficulty in a WI course, please discuss with them the extreme importance of being proficient writers in our culture and remind them that the University Writing Center is available to them to help them with any of their writing concerns.