Since its establishment in 1989, the WIC program has promoted excellence in writing and fostered a culture of writing at Oregon State University by supporting and instructing faculty across the disciplines who are developing and teaching writing intensive courses as part of OSU's Baccalaureate Core requirements, and who want to integrate writing into non-WIC courses to support students’ learning course material and learning to write. Writing intensive courses are the third course in a sequence of three writing courses included in the Bacc Core. Students in writing intensive courses use formative (ungraded or minimally graded) and summative (graded) writing to build content knowledge and critical thinking; learn about disciplinary audience expectations, genres, and conventions; and compose and revise a document of at least 2000 words.
Each year, the WIC Team supports hundreds of faculty in teaching writing in the disciplines through trainings, talks and workshops, and individual consultations. In all of these efforts, WIC is committed to promoting social justice.