Writing Program Objectives

The 2021 Writing and Assessment CAIT aimed to revise the learning objectives of the Composition Program and develop a shared understanding of these goals for Writing faculty, students, and other UO colleagues.

The Composition Program learning objectives below, approved in Spring 2022, describe the skills and abilities students should have as a result of completing the writing requirement at UO. 

Writing instructors in the CAIT also developed teaching guides to accompany each program outcome. These guides were created to provide an orientation to these objectives, define key terms, and share classroom applications and additional resources related to each objective. These guides are intended to evolve over time. 

  Teaching Guide

Writing in Context 

Develop arguments in multiple genres that are relevant to students and to the audiences to which they’re addressed.   

Guide: Writing in Context

Research and Inquiry 

Engage with primary, scholarly, and public sources to enrich a process of inquiry and inform students’ writing.   

Guide: Research and Inquiry


Analyze how writers reflect, challenge, and transform their discourse communities, including in their relationship to formal and stylistic conventions.  

Guide: Analysis

Agency and Positionality 

Recognize lived experience as a source of authority in writing, reading, and discourse.  

Guide: Feedback and Revision

Feedback and Revision 

Give and receive constructive feedback; revise based on feedback, further research, and reflection.  

Guide: Feedback and Revision 

Transferring Skills 

Apply the processes and strategies of writing to engage with new contexts and communities in the University of Oregon and beyond it.  

Guide: Transferring Skills