The Writing Excellence Initiative is an innovative, institution-wide project designed to make writing a signature experience of every student’s Elon education.
The Elon community has been working together since 2010 to develop the initiative, building on many of our strengths and our shared mission of “integrat[ing] learning across the disciplines, put[ting] knowledge into practice, and preparing students to be global citizens and informed leaders motivated by concern for the common good.”
The Initiative, which satisfies a requirement of Elon’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), earned praise from our SACS reviewers in April 2013. We officially launched the Initiative in Fall 2013. It is described in our 81-page QEP report.
Through the Writing Excellence Initiative, we aspire to prepare every Elon student, undergraduate and graduate, in every major, to be an excellent writer. We have chosen to focus particularly on developing students’ abilities related to three kinds of writing that are aligned with the Elon Commitment’s goal of educating “engaged minds, inspiring leaders, and global citizens.”
Every element of the university will play an important role in developing students’ writing abilities. We begin with small-scale pilot programs in order to in order to test the process and develop resources that can be used by other programs that will begin their Writing Excellence Initiative work in the following years.
The initiative supplements our commitment to improving student writing, by also supporting the writing of faculty and staff in a variety of ways.
While we look to following two resources for leadership and assistance as we pursue our goals with respect to student writing, we are undertaking the Writing Excellence Initiative as an entire community of faculty, staff, and students.
Through the Writing Center and the Writing Across the University Program, the Writing Excellence Initiative provides workshops, individual consultations, writing retreats, seminars, recognitions programs, and a variety of grants.
To emphasize Elon’s focus on writing, the Writing Center and the Writing Across the University Program are being housed together in newly redesigned space at the very heart of the university: the first floor of Belk Library.
Writing boot camps enable faculty and staff to devote a full day exclusively to their writing projects. They are a great way to launch or make progress on your research/creative/professional writing project.
The Center for Writing Excellence has partnered with the Elon University Law School in Greensboro to offer Writing Boot Camps at a convenient second location.