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Hodges University's Writing in the Disciplines Resource Center

What is Writing in the Disciplines (WiD)?
Writing in the Disciplines, better known as WiD, gives students practice with the language conventions of a discipline as well as with specific formats typical of a given discipline to help students adhere to format and style guidelines typical of the professional genres about which they are learning. 

What is a QEP?
QEP stands for Quality Enhancement Plan. A QEP is a 5-year plan that is part of the reaffirmation process and is developed by the college community to enhance student learning in some specific measurable way. The Writing in the Disciplines Resource Center (WiDRC) is a QEP initiative. Learn more

What is Writing—Your Path to Success? 
Writing—Your Path to Success is a program level WiD initiative designed to integrate WiD best practices and establish programs and services to support and enhance discipline-specific discourse communities throughout the Hodges culture. Strategies include establishing program-specific writing expectations, providing support for faculty in WiD courses, providing online WiD resources for students and faculty, and professional development to train faculty in WiD best practices.

How will Writing—Your Path to Success improve student learning?
Writing—Your Path to Success will  improve students’ ability to write effectively within disciplines by focusing on specific student learning outcomes based on current best practices and specialized to the Hodges University student body needs. We developed a comprehensive assessment plan that uses multiple measures to assess student learning, as well as QEP progress. 

Student Learning Outcomes
Objective 1: To improve students’ basic writing skills.
Objective 2: To improve students’ ability to write effectively within the disciplines.

Program Outcomes
Objective 3: To implement WiD initiatives within the academic programs.
Objective 4: To provide training, support and resources for students and faculty.

How will we get there?
Writing—Your Path to Success represents a cultural shift in the way that students and faculty perceive writing in the disciplines and will touch the whole University community.  We will roll out WiD initiatives to the undergraduate academic programs in phases. Each phase will involve WiD training, development, syllabus modification, and implementation in at least one course in each program. 

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Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

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Contact Information

Minnette G. Smith, MA
Quality Enhancement Plan Director
School of Liberal Studies
Hodges University | 4501 Colonial Blvd, Ft. Myers, FL 33966

Thomas Pear, MA
QEP Faculty Writing Coach
School of Liberal Studies
Hodges University | 4501 Colonial Blvd, Ft. Myers, FL 33966
239-938-7711 | tpear@hodges.edu