Writing and Learning Initiatives

Optimizing academic support and achievement

About Us

The Office of Writing and Learning Initiatives, a unit of Academic Programs and Planning, supports Cal Poly student learning and achievement by coordinating a variety of programs, services, and resources: academic placement in English, the CSU-mandated Early Start English program for first-time first-year students, free individual and group tutoring, course embedded learning assistance, and academic support workshops intended to ensure optimal educational opportunities for diverse student populations. The Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR) for upper-division and graduate students, including the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE), are managed and administered by this office.


Our mission is to provide a comprehensive menu of academic resources to support the diverse needs of Cal Poly students.

Office Directory

Name   phone email office 
Dawn Janke, Executive Director 805.756.2067 djanke@calpoly.edu 35-202A
Tyler Gardner, Tutor Coordinator 805.756.6036 tdgardne@calpoly.edu 35-111C
Stacy Neely, Administrative Support Assistant 805.756.6032 slneely@calpoly.edu 35-111C
Avery Barboza, Graduate Assistant 805.756.6032 writingandlearning@calpoly.edu 35-111C

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Upcoming Events

Writing and Learning Support Consultations 

January 6 - March 18

WPE Dates, 2019-2020 

October 1, 2, and 5
January 25, 28, and 29
April 21, 22, and 25

*For WPE preparatory resources, click here.

Academic Preparation and Placement

Cal Poly adheres to the CSU's placement practice, which evaluates multiple measures of pre-college academic performance to determine placement in first-year English and math courses. Cal Poly also offers summer support courses in compliance with the CSU's Early Start Program to help incoming first-year students prepare for a successful college experience. For more information, click here.

Writing and Learning Center

The university's Writing and Learning Center intends to ensure optimal educational opportunities for diverse student populations through peer-to-peer support in reading comprehension, writing, test preparation, and various subjects in addition to academic support workshops. Students may work with a peer consultant in Kennedy Library, 111C, and multiple University Housing locations. For more information, click here.

Graduation Writing Requirement

All degree-seeking Cal Poly students, including a Master's degree or teaching credential, must fulfill the GWR.  Undergraduate students must complete 90 units before they can attempt to fulfill the requirement and should do so before the senior year. The two pathways to GWR completion are 1) in an approved upper-division course and 2) via the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE). For more information, click here.