If you are a transfer student or returning student who has taken college writing courses, a first-year student who tested out of English 101, or an exceptional student who earned a B or better in English 101, the Writing Proficiency Portfolio (WPP) might be an option for you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with the WPP coordinator to discuss the possibility.
Note that if you pass the WPP, your transcript will show that you have fulfilled the second (and final) part of the University Writing Requirement (see the current UNM Catalog), which is usually met by passing English 102 with a grade of C or better. Passing the WPP establishes that you have writing skills equivalent to an English 102 level of proficiency, so you fulfill the University Writing Requirement without having to take English 102. Passing the WPP does not mean you will receive three hours of academic credit. Passing the WPP frees up three credit hours in your schedule of requirements, allowing you to take other courses more relevant for your particular interests and degree.
Writing Proficiency Portfolio Requirements
Your portfolio will include three samples of your writing that adhere to the following:
Your portfolio must also include a professional cover letter in which you complete the following:
A Successful Portfolio
The panel of English 102 instructors evaluating your portfolio will look for evidence that you have the skills taught in English 102, as outlined below:
English 102 is a course about writing analyses and arguments, so through your portfolio papers, you must demonstrate your ability to perform these types of writing.
Finding Good Courses for your Writing Samples
To gather strong writing samples, enroll in courses in which you will write. If you are interested in a course but unsure whether it will provide appropriate writing assignments, check with the instructor before the beginning of the semester. Many of the courses appropriate for the portfolio will also fulfill core requirements including the Writing and Speaking requirement.
In recent years, passing portfolios have included papers from various UNM courses, many of which fulfill core curriculum requirements (as indicated by an asterisk).
American Studies 181, 182*, 185* 186*
Communication and Journalism 130*, 221
English 150*, 219*, 220*, 292*, 293*, 297, 352
History 161*, 162*, 283, 348
Philosophy 101*, 201*, 156, 202*, 244
Political Science 200*, 320
Psychology 305, 344
Sociology 101*, 213, 313, 422
Plan ahead so you have plenty of time to prepare your portfolio. Check this website or email the WPP coordinator (email@example.com) for portfolio submission deadlines. Determine when you need to complete your core requirements in order to move into your major college or department and submit your portfolio at least one semester in advance of that date.
Please contact CAPS for assistance as you revise your writing samples.
Submitting the Portfolio
Portfolios are evaluated twice in the Fall, twice in the Spring, and once during the Summer semester. You are strongly encouraged to submit for the first submission date of fall or spring semesters since the $120 fee (charged to your student account) covers the whole term.
To submit your portfolio, email the WPP coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule an appointment so that you can register for the WPP and have any additional questions answered. You can submit your portfolio only to the WPP coordinator and only by appointment (please do not drop off your portfolio to the English Department front office). Email long before the submission deadline to ensure ample time to coordinate a registration and portfolio submission meeting.
Spring 2013 Submission Dates
Wednesday, February 6, 2013, by 5:00PM
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, by 5:00PM
You must have completed registration by the time you submit your portfolio.
For more information contact the WPP coordinator: