English Department

First-Year Writing

Our Mission

The First-Year Writing Program at Cleveland State University recognizes the vital role that reading, writing, critical thinking and information literacy skills play in the success and retention of its students. Therefore, the instructional staff in the Program strives to create a learning environment in all courses that supports as it challenges its students to learn the skills necessary to be strong students, able professionals and respected members of our community. To do so, the Program relies on pedagogy rich in active and collaborative learning, a tutorial-based instructional design, and ongoing assessment leading to curriculum review and redesign. The pages on the First-Year Writing Program website articulates the course outcomes, sequence and placements in the First-Year Writing Program at Cleveland State University. It should be noted that the creators of this statement were mindful of similar documents created by national organizations, such as Council of Writing Program Administrators Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition and the Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.


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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Department of English
2121 Euclid Ave., RT 1815
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Rhodes Tower, Room 1815
1860 E. 22nd Street
William Breeze, Ph.D.
Director, First-Year Writing Program
Phone: 216.523.7145
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