A W course is one that fulfills the following conditions:
- Students have opportunities to use writing as a way of learning the content of the course and are taught to write in the forms and for the purposes that are typical of the disciplines and/or professions, in ways that are clearly distinguished from remedial and foundational skills courses.
- Examples of writing within the disciplines are used as a means of instruction about typical structures, modes of reasoning, styles of address, and the use of technical language and of evidence.
- Students receive appropriate feedback and response to their writing that is based on explicit criteria and is directed at improving the quality of their writing.
- Revision is built into the process of writing for formal assignments, usually in terms of revisions of the same paper, or alternatively, in revisions accomplished through successive similar assignments.
- At least half the course grade is based on written work for which students receive feedback (see Criterion 3).