On November 26, 2013, it was announced that the Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing had won a prestigious award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication, for which formal recognition will occur in April. This Certificate of Excellence is awarded to writing programs that demonstrate exceptional capacity of accomplishment in many different ways—curriculum, assessment, and professional development only being three of many. Needless to say, this achievement is a huge recognition of the efforts of our very own English Department, and demonstrates the commitment of our faculty and staff to pursue excellence in equipping students with critical thinking and writing abilities. Through this program, the English department is setting the tone for every student to engage in building fundamental skills that are applicable to any job.
The Blugold seminar, as the new writing course requirement for every UWEC student, was originally tested as a “new version of ENGL 110” in 2011 and 2012, according to Director of Composition Dr. Shevaun Watson’s web page, however now ENGL 110 and 112 have been officially replaced by an expanded set of composition classes including WRIT 114, 116, 118, and 120. In addition, there are many different sections of these classes offering theme-based curriculums. The subjects are chosen by interest or relevance to the staff and students, as well as to today’s culture. A few examples of course topics are consumerism, television, and internet writing.
In the words of Dr. Watson’s An Introduction to the Course: An Invitation to Join the Conversation, “the primary goal of the Blugold Seminar is to cultivate in each of you the knowledge and ability of rhetorical dexterity…to make effective decisions about your writing across a wide variety of situations and circumstances.” It seems that many are agreeing that this is just what the Seminar is doing. Boasting an impressive array of diverse advantages including smaller class size, the use of multimedia, and the inclusion of high-level professors to teach the classes, the Blugold Seminar has even partnered with the Center for Writing Excellence to train tutors in guiding students through every stage of the class.
Join me in lauding the incredible vision of English Department faculty like Dr. Watson as the Blugold Seminar prepares to formally receive its recognition as a step toward excellence.
For more information on the award or on the Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing, visit http://www.uwec.edu/Blugoldseminar/news/news.htm or Dr. Watson’s web page at http://www.uwec.edu/Blugoldseminar/overview/director.htm.