Writing and Learning Initiatives

Optimizing academic support and achievement

GWR-certified Courses

GWR-certified courses are searchable via Schedule Builder.

  • Select "Expand Filters" in the upper right-hand corner of their Schedule Builder screen. 
  • Search by GWR courses. 

Note: search filters do not overlap to limit results, so if you select the GE Area C filter and the GWR filter, Schedule Builder will display ALL courses that are EITHER GE Area C or GWR courses, not just courses that fulfill both requirements. For this reason, it is recommended that you use only the GWR filter when searching for GWR-certified courses. 

Upon enrolling in a GWR-certified course, students should inform the course instructor that they are seeking to satisfy the requirement through the course.

At the end of quarter, students must earn a C or better in a GWR-certified upper-division course, with a C or better on the major GWR writing assignment and at least 35% of the final grade based on the cumulative grade of all writing projects.

GWR Advisory Board

The GWR Advisory Board is a University Committee that serves in an advisory capacity to the Academic Senate Curriculum Committee and the General Education Governance Board, which approves  course modifications and new course proposals for upper-division courses seeking the GWR designation. In addition, the GWR Advisory Board manages GWR-certified course-related faculty support and GWR program assessment.


GWR Advisory Board Members
GWR Coordinator Dawn Janke
Executive Director
Writing and Learning Initiatives
First-Year Composition Coordinator

Jay Peters 
Writing Program Director and Associate Professor 

Department of English

CTLT Writing Instruction Specialist Dianna Winslow (ex-officio)
Assistant Director
Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

Doug Jackson (2020-2022)

Department of Architecture


Shunping Ding (2021-2023)
Assistant Professor

Wine & Viticulture and Horticulture & Crop Science


Eleanor Helms (2020-2022)
Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy


CSM Ashley McDonald (2020-2022)
Associate Professor
Chemistry & Biochemistry
CENG  Foaad Khosmood (2021-2023)
Computer Engineering
OCOB Jack Wroldsen (2021-2023)
Assistant Professor
PCS Vacant (2021-2023)

ASI Jordan Perlas (2021-2022)
Electrical Engineering Major

Click here to review the Academic Senate Resolution on Course Criteria for GWR-Certified Upper-Division Courses Across the Curriculum.

Related Content

Fall Quarter Updates

Academic Support 

September 20 - December 08

*Tutoring is available both in person and virtually; study sessions and supplemental workshops are virtual for fall quarter. For more information, click here.

Graduation Writing Requirement

*A GWR Portfolio has replaced the WPE; for more information, 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. More information is available on the Academic Preparation and Placement webpage

Academic Support

The Writing and Learning Initiatives Office offers a comprehensive menu of academic resources designed to ensure optimal educational opportunities for diverse student populations: peer consultants offer free tutoring in any course or subject, peer-led supplemental workshops and study sessions provide support for STEM-specific courses, and the online Study Strategies Library offers a collection of resources to help you achieve your learning goals. More information is available on the Academic Support Programs webpage

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 GWR Portfolio. More information is available on the GWR webpage