The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), an association within the National Council of Teachers of English, has awarded the Wheaton College Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program the 2010-2011 Writing Program Certificate of Excellence. The certificate, which is awarded to a maximum of 20 writing programs a year, is based on the program’s ability to imaginatively addresses the needs and opportunities of its students, instructors, institution, and locale.
The award selection committee identified Wheaton as a small-college exemplar. The Wheaton WAC program offers extensive faculty development and support. Faculty workshops are held regularly on topics such as helping students to work with sources and providing feedback to student writers. The program also offers faculty consultations and meetings, as well as individualized class writing workshops. The committee praised Wheaton for capping first-year writing courses at 16 students and demonstrating a strong institutional commitment to the program, evidenced by a number of new hires. Generally, the committee notes, the Wheaton program does innovative, collaborative, cross-disciplinary work.
The Writing Program Certificate of Excellence was presented and publicly announced at the 2011 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Atlanta, Georgia.