Accent on Writing Initiative

Ashland University Institutes Accent on Writing Initiative


Ashland University has instituted an Accent on Writing initiative with a pilot program that will start in the fall of 2018. This program will require all incoming residential students to participate in a comprehensive and immersive program that touches every aspect of the academic community beginning with the 2019-20 academic year. This initiative will be a distinctive and compelling component of Ashland University’s identity and will result in the university being recognized as a leader in the teaching of writing.

This initiative stresses the ongoing development of writing throughout students’ collegiate careers – developing their writing skills through the university’s composition program, core curriculum and courses in their major field of study. Specific courses in the core curriculum and in each major field of study will be designated as Accent on Writing courses. The writing ability of each student will be assessed in a number of ways and a sophomore and junior portfolio will be evaluated using rubrics consistent with the Written Communication Value Rubric created by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and adapted to Ashland University.

A focus on increasing the writing abilities of Ashland students will occur throughout their undergraduate program and will be the shared responsibility of all faculty members. The initiative encourages a shift in Ashland University’s overall academic culture that elicits a new intentionality regarding writing excellence. For more information on Ashland University’s Accent on Writing initiative, click here