- A Quality Enhancement Program at Lindsey
What is Lindsey Writes all
about? Lindsey Writes is a five-year
Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that focuses on improvement of
student writing for undergraduate students on Lindsey Wilson
College's A.P. White campus in Columbia, KY. Students use
writing to explore ideas, clarify thoughts, develop and communicate
knowledge, and engage themselves as global citizens. The college
launched this high-impact educational program in January 2013.
What is a QEP? A QEP is a Quality Enhancement
Plan. A QEP is required of colleges accredited by the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
(SACSCOC). Lindsey Wilson is accredited by SACSCOC. A QEP
focuses on improving some aspect of the educational component of
the institution that enhances the quality of student learning. It
represents a commitment on the part of the institution to identify
an area for improvement, to develop a plan to meet specific,
measurable goals, and to engage in ongoing assessment of progress
toward completion of the plan. The university must submit an impact
report five years following the initiation of the QEP in which it
demonstrates the impact of the QEP on student learning, as defined
in the plan.
What does Writing Across the Curriculum mean?
Lindsey Writes is a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)
program. According to the WAC Clearinghouse, WAC programs are based
on the beliefs that:
- Writing is the responsibility of all academic disciplines.
- Writing must be integrated across departmental boundaries.
- Writing instruction should be offered during all four years of
- Writing promotes learning.
- It takes practice in the conventions of a specific discipline
for students to begin to communicate effectively within that
Who decided writing would be the focus of our
QEP? Faculty, staff, and students identified areas that
would be beneficial for a campus quality enhancement program.
Several topics were proposed, and the faculty voted to pursue the
writing QEP. Writing was determined to be a necessary skill for
students as they function in communication, community and
Why is learning to write important? Writing is
a tool students can use throughout their lives for both learning as
well as for communication. Students who learn the major writing
"rules" of their specific chosen areas of focus (e.g., business,
math, history, etc.), will be able to communicate more effectively
with others in that same discipline. Also, they increase their
likelihood of success as they pursue their professions. In
short, learning to write helps students with both personal learning
as well as professional success.
What are the four expected student learning
outcomes? Through Lindsey Writes, Lindsey Wilson
students will learn to:
- Use writing to acquire, organize and present
information and ideas in a variety of contexts.
- Increase their level of perceived self-efficacy for
- Write effectively using the conventions, style, and vocabulary
of their major disciplines.
- Articulate and understand the elements of successful written
communication in their major disciplines.
What are the core components of Lindsey Writes?
Lindsey Writes includes three
- The Writing in the Core Initiative, which focuses on
writing-to-learn in core general education courses.
- The Writing in the Disciplines Initiative, which focuses on
developing writing skills specific to the student's major
- The Writing for Life Initiative, which incorporates
writing-focused activities and skills in the
What does writing to learn mean? Writing to
learn is, generally, informal writing used as a tool for thinking.
E.M. Forster said, "How can I tell what I think till I see what I
say?" We write to learn when we think things through on
paper (or onscreen) in order to generate or refine our ideas. We
might use this kind of writing to ponder an experience, mull over
the implications of a solution, write our thoughts for three
minutes about a reading assignment, develop a list of research
questions that truly matter to us, scribble notes on our reading,
or write multiple drafts of a paper. The audience for this writing
is either ourselves or an interested reader who will, at least for
the moment, work with us to induce ideas without criticizing the
way they come out.
What are writing intensive courses? Writing
intensive (WI) courses are classes taught by WI-trained faculty
using writing assignments in class and on take-home assignments to
provide students with the practice and repetition needed to become
skilled writers in their disciplines
Who are Writing Fellows? Writing Fellows are
students who have experience reading and writing in a discipline
and who are attached to a writing-intensive course in that
discipline to give students feedback. Writing Fellows meet one to
one with writers to discuss their writing in process. They may also
collect drafts to read and write comments beforehand. Fellows
represent a preliminary audience trained to vocalize their
reactions, draw out the writer's ideas, discuss disciplinary
conventions, point to patterns, and explain principles. As agreed
upon with the WI course instructor, fellows also facilitate
in-class peer reviews, lead workshops, and meet regularly with the
instructor to assist in designing assignments and guiding students
through the writing process.
Who are Writing Advocates? Writing
Advocates are students who have volunteered to serve as advocates
for writing. Their names were suggested by their instructors as
being enthusiastic supporters of and role models for the importance
of writing in a student's life.
How do writers at Lindsey get feedback on their
writing? Writers at Lindsey Wilson College seek feedback
not only from professors but also from each other. The Writing
Center and the Writing Fellows program both offer one-to-one
feedback from interested peer readers, using conversation and
Socratic methods to draw out new ideas, uncover wrinkles, and apply
principles. The Writing Center offers a creative environment,
trained writing consultants, and a collection of resources for
writers across campus to use in improving their writing. Writing
Fellows are trained to offer feedback to students in
writing-intensive courses in the disciplines and can meet when and
where it's convenient for these writers.
What other resources are available to help students with
their writing? In addition to the Writing Center and
the Writing Fellows program, Lindsey Wilson's Katie Murrell Library
and its library staff offer the resources necessary for students to
gather information needed to complete their writing assignments.
How do we assess the program? There are two
components to assessing the effectiveness of Lindsey
Writes. The first component is assessment of the student
learning outcomes (SLO). SLOs are assessed using the Written
Communication and Elements of Writing rubrics, as well as a Writing
Self-Efficacy Survey and selected results from the National Survey
of Student Engagement's "Experiences with Writing" module. The
second component is assessment of the Lindsey Writes
program through a combination of surveys, such as the Campus Events
Survey and Workshop Evaluation Survey, as well as the collection of
inter-rater reliability data from external reviewers on the Written