About QUWACQUWAC is an interdisciplinary faculty committee that was formed in 2001 to promote practices that lead to better student thinking and stronger student writing. Since its inception, QUWAC has embraced three basic assumptions in its core mission:
- That writing is an active, recursive and powerful form of thinking
- That the most effective approach to improving student writing is through improving student's critical thinking skills
- That some combination of informal writing and formal writing provides the best means to model critical thinking and writing with students.
In our recent work with writing in the disciplines (WID), QUWAC has begun to shift writing expertise locally through a collaborative model that is designed to be flexible enough for departments to "fit" writing (both formal and informal) in places in the disciplinary curriculum where it can serve to facilitate the mastery of content. WID trainers, with expertise in writing strategies, work side-by-side with their disciplinary colleagues in a strategic planning process that is designed to integrate and synthesize written work as an organic part of the disciplinary curriculum.