Faculty’s Role in Nationally Ranked WAC Program to Be Recognized at Reception

Posted: September 17, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

A reception recognizing the valuable role faculty play in George Mason’s Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program and its participants is held today at 3:30 p.m. in George’s Restaurant in the Johnson Center. The program is part of the Fall for the Book festival.

In fall 2002, U.S. News and World Report ranked George Mason’s writing in the disciplines program first among public institutions and fourth in the nation behind Harvard, Cornell, and Yale. In their latest edition, the magazine has changed to an alphabetical listing of the top 13 programs, with George Mason among them.

The reception will honor the colleges and departments that have participated in assessment workshops to determine the writing competence of their students. These include the College of Visual and Performing Arts; the School of Management; and the History and Art History, Psychology, Public and International Affairs, English, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Communication Departments of the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, special recognition will be given to the College of Nursing and Health Science for its consistent commitment to providing opportunities for students to use writing across their curriculum.

President Alan Merten and Provost Peter Stearns will make brief remarks beginning at 4 p.m. during the reception, thanking faculty for their efforts and noting the importance of writing assessment. The celebration will include poster displays for each unit that has conducted assessments. For more information, visit the WAC web site.

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