To accomplish its goal of improving student writing, Maroon and Write must develop faculty who adopt writing instruction and writing-to-learn (WTL) strategies into their classes. All faculty are encouraged to participate in any of the Maroon and Write training opportunities.
Maroon and Write identifies a quality document as having the following five components:
The institution recognizes that specific disciplines will have additional requirements and style manuals relevant to their professions; however, the intent of the MSU’s Maroon and Write is to improve students’ writing quality in these five areas that are similar across all disciplines and fields. Formal writing strategies will demonstrate students’ mastery in these five areas.
Not all classes can be redesigned to become writing classes; however, virtually any class can embed writing-to-learn (WTL) strategies that help students practice writing skills without the time and instruction required in composing a formal writing assignment. WTL is based on the premise that students learn through the act of writing, particularly when the writing assignments are short, informal, and designed to promote reflection, analysis, synthesis, and deeper understanding of course material. Furthermore, these strategies can be utilized even in classes with large enrollments.