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Summer 2013: Please note that University 401 will be self-supported for the Summer 2013 quarter. Refer to this link for fee information.

University 401 is a four-unit course that serves as an alternative to the WPE. The course is designed mainly for students who have difficulty performing well in timed writing situations due to writing anxiety or other problems. In the class, the instructor will discuss writing strategies and common writing problems, but most of the class time will be spent writing and revising essays. The instructor will guide and assist students during the writing process and give them feedback on their essays in written comments and individual conferences.

Students in University 401 produce a portfolio of work designed to demonstrate their writing ability. During the quarter, students will plan, write, revise, and proofread at least five essays, two of which will be selected for inclusion in the portfolio. In addition, they write one timed essay similar to the WPE, which is also included in the portfolio. Each portfolio is evaluated by two instructors, neither of whom is the student’s own instructor. A passing portfolio is equivalent to a passing score on the WPE. Please read this document for information on how the portfolios are scored.

Who is Eligible?

You are eligible to take this course if you have completed English 102 (or its equivalent) and have attempted the WPE at least once without success.

How do I enroll?

We recommend that you first make an appointment with a WPE consultant in the University Writing Center. The consultant will help you understand why your exam did not pass and may recommend that you take University 401.

If you prefer to enroll in University 401 without making an appointment to meet with a WPE consultant, you may do so.

Each section of University 401 is limited to 17 students, so if you are interested in taking University 401, you should meet with a consultant and/or enroll in the class as early in the quarter as possible, because the sections fill up very quickly.

Books and Materials:

Most instructors do not require a text for the course; however, the instructor will expect students to have access to a college-level dictionary and a standard grammar and style handbook. Some assignments will require reading in magazines and newspapers.

Out of Class Assignments:

Because the acquisition of language obtained from reading is an essential part of writing improvement, reading journals and other assignments are an important part of this course. Failure to complete the required assignments may result in the final portfolio being disqualified. In addition, your instructor may advise or require you to meet one or more times with a tutor in the University Writing Center.

Attendance Policy:

Students are expected to attend every class meeting and complete every assignment. A student who has missed more than 20% of the course or has failed to complete every assignment may not be allowed to submit a final portfolio.