Seoul National University in South Korea recently administered a writing assessment to incoming freshmen—at least 40% of the students had insufficient writing skills. This is a large problem in many colleges and universities, as students enter the classroom with a weakened ability to communicate their ideas in writing. Nearly all classes in college—even math and science labs—feature significant amounts of writing.
As a result, it is imperative that incoming college students have strong foundations in reading, writing, and critical thinking! Harvard University has long understood the importance of writing skills in the college classroom. Their mandatory undergraduate writing program was implemented 146 years ago in 1872.
Dr. Nancy Sommers was the Director of Harvard’s Expository Writing Program for 20 years. As the head of the freshman writing program, she famously led the Harvard Study of Undergraduate Writing, in which she “tracked the college writing experiences of over 400 students from the Class of 2001.” She set out to study the impact of writing on a student’s overall education.
After completing the first-year writing program:
- 73% of students said they became more involved in class
- 73% of students said they understood and applied ideas better in class
- 63% said they developed more interest in their majors
- 57% said they were able to explore and research new ideas in their majors
- 54% said they discovered a new interest
Out of 1,600 college graduates in their 40s, 90% said writing was the most important skill at their jobs.
Writing is the key to success in academic and professional settings. MEK has writing programs for students of all ages. Each program is designed to help students…
- think clearer
- get organized
- express their ideas in writing effectively!