Mid-Career Writing Assessment (MCWA)
Every undergraduate degree program requires satisfaction of the Mid-Career Writing Assessment (MCWA). The MCWA is based on students' performance in their second semester English composition course. A grade of A or B in one of the following courses will satisfy this University writing proficiency requirement:
Transfer courses in composition are evaluated by the First-Year Writing Program Transfer and Placement Coordinator.
Once students have completed 40 units toward their degrees and have been admitted to their major degree program, their academic records are reviewed. Students earning less than a B grade in their second semester composition course must take one or more additional steps to improve their composition skills so they can meet the writing standards of their major department. Students are responsible for providing evidence that they have completed these additional steps, or their academic records will not reflect completion of this graduation requirement. Depending on the department's requirements, this evidence might be, for example, an attendance sheet from a workshop series offered by the Writing Center, writing samples revised as part of the Writing Skills Improvement Program, or a polished portfolio of papers written for certain Tier One General Education courses. Once the department has verified that the MCWA requirement has been satisfied, the major advisor notifies the college dean'soffice that the student has met the department'srequirement.
Your Student Academic Advisement Report (SAAR) will display the Mid-Career Writing Assessment as a degree requirement.
Procedures for students earning less than a B in their second semester composition course:
Please direct questions to your department or college advisor.