The GWR Portfolio is designed to be easy-to-create using tools you already have: it’s just three files uploaded to one online Canvas page. The portfolio must include two writing projects you completed in upper-division college courses along with the Writing Development Reflection. *Note: The GWR Portfolio has a $35 fee beginning Fall 2021.
For fall 2021, students with fall 2021 and winter 2022 graduation dates will receive an email with information on how to register for the GWR Portfolio. Once students pay the $35 GWR Portfolio Fee they will be added to the GWR Portfolio Canvas site.
Beginning winter 2022, students interested in completing the GWR through the portfolio pathway should enroll in UNIV 401: GWR Portfolio. This CR/NC course is offered online only, carries a $35 course fee, and has the following prerequisites: junior standing and completion of GE Area A with grades of C- or better.
Fall 2021 Due Date
Accessing the GWR Portfolio Canvas site: Students with fall 2021 and winter 2022 graduation dates will be added to the GWR Portfolio Canvas site once they pay the GWR Portfolio fee (again, students will receive an email with information on how to pay the fee).
Submitting the GWR Portfolio: Students who are added to the GWR Portfolio Canvas site intending to fulfill the GWE via the portfolio in fall 2021 must submit materials by Friday, November 19, 2021.
- A Writing Development Reflection that is at least 500 words and meets the expectations of the reflection prompt.
- One assignment that is at least 750 words from any upper-division (300-, 400-, or 500-level) course that granted Cal Poly credit
- A second assignment that is at least 750 words from any upper-division (300-, 400-, or 500-level) course that granted Cal Poly credit
- Each assignment must be a graded task on which you earned a C or better;
- Each assignment must be one that you independently wrote - no collaborative projects will be accepted;
- Each assignment must be your original work and should cite any outside sources;
- Each assignment should demonstrate your ability to respond effectively to rhetorical situations and present information in an organized manner with fully developed supporting points expressed logically and clearly;
- Each assignment may represent a different genre (an essay, research paper, proposal, annotated bibliography, technical paper, lab report) as long as it meets the above specifications and criteria. Note: short answer exams that combined total 750 words are not acceptable.
Note: If you do not have two already-written assignments from upper-division courses that meet the required specifications and criteria, you may select one or more writing prompts from the Optional Writing Prompts to complete and submit in place of one or both of those assignments.
The criteria below are not required, but some students may appreciate this additional guidance when creating their portfolios.
- At least one assignment was completed for an upper-division writing-intensive General Education (C4 or D5) course;
- At least one assignment was completed for an upper-division major-specific course;
- Each assignment comes from a different course;
- The writing process for the assignment included peer-review (there is no need to include reviewed drafts or peer review feedback);
- There was an opportunity to revise the assignment after receiving feedback from the instructor (there is no need to include instructor feedback or graded copies).
Have you left the San Luis Obispo area but still need to fulfill the GWR?
The Writing and Learning Initiatives office can assist you; please contact the office for next steps.