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Writing Across the Curriculum

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At Quinnipiac University, strong critical thinking and writing skills lead to more than higher grades. They improve students' understanding of concepts and theories, help them to gain confidence in expressing their own ideas, and establish the groundwork for professional development and life-long learning.

Who We Are

QUWAC is an interdisciplinary faculty committee that was formed in 2001 to promote practices that lead to better student thinking and stronger student writing. Since its inception, QUWAC has embraced three basic assumptions in its core mission:

  • That writing is an active, recursive and powerful form of thinking
  • That the most effective approach to improving student writing is through improving student's critical thinking skills
  • That some combination of informal writing and formal writing provides the best means to model critical thinking and writing with students.

QUWAC trainers have conducted three-day workshops with more than 400 faculty, full- and part-time, using techniques that embody the essential philosophic principles of the program. In addition to our work on campus, QUWAC is a founding member of the New England Writing Across the Curriculum Consortium (NEWACC), which provides us with opportunities to disseminate our work regionally, and to learn from the experiences of our colleagues at other similar institutions.    

Contact Us

Paul Pasquaretta
Coordinator, Research and Writing Institute