Why an Initiative to Improve Student Writing?

Every university on the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) Open Pathway must plan and implement a Quality Initiative (QI) project. NMSU wanted a project that would be meaningful to the entire campus community and that would impact students’ university experience in a transformative way. In addition to simply improving students’ writing abilities, NMSU noted that the research indicates that ability to communicate effectively and think critically are fundamental to gaining, sustaining and advancing employment opportunities, and for seeking advanced education.

In 2013, NMSU launched our QI, focused on improving students’ success in writing in their disciplines. Entitled “Expert Insider Prose: Developing Students’ Disciplinary Expertise in Writing” or more simply “Writing Within the Discipline”, this is a comprehensive project intended to enhance students’ writing experiences while at NMSU.