Writing Across the Curriculum

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Carleton College has long emphasized "writing across the curriculum"—distributing writing instruction in many classes and throughout the disciplines—and in 2001, the college introduced sophomore writing portfolios to broaden its assessment of student writing.

Required midway through every student's college career, the writing portfolios enable the college to ensure that undergraduates can write competently in a range of styles and contexts. At the same time, by encouraging students to reflect on—and revise—their writing, the portfolios themselves constitute an important educational experience.

All Carleton students must submit a writing portfolio after the third term, and no later than the sixth term at Carleton.  Students planning to study abroad in their sixth term must submit their portfolio in their fifth term.