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University Writing Portfolio

University Writing Portfolio

The University Writing Portfolio is a mid-career diagnostic used to determine if students’ writing abilities have advanced in ways that can handle the writing demands of upper-division courses and courses in their major. This assessment is used to identify students who demonstrate a need for structured writing support with upper-division writing requirements, as well as recognize the standard of writing expected of all WSU graduates.

The University Writing Portfolio requires students to select two academic texts they’ve written that they are most proud of, to compose an essay reflecting on those texts, and to submit these documents to the Writing Program. Upon reaching 75 credits, students will receive a registration hold as the final reminder that the University Writing Portfolio is due; students will have access to begin the submission process as soon as they enroll at WSU.

Beginning in the fall term of 2020, students will submit their University Writing Portfolio (UWP) online rather than with printed copies submitted in-person. This change comes in part as a response to the restrictions of education during Covid-19 and in part as the natural evolution of the assessment. The Writing Program will use Qualtrics to manage student portfolio submissions.

Completion of the University Writing Portfolio is a requirement for graduation at Washington State University. For full instructions and a link to the online Qualtrics submission portal, please visit the main WSU Writing Portfolio page:


Students expecting to graduate in December who failed to meet the December submission deadline will have exactly one week in January to submit their materials. The link will open at 12:00am on Monday, January 4th and close at 11:59pm on Sunday, January 10th. Results will be posted before the grad clearing date. Anyone who misses this one-week period will not meet the grad clearing deadline and therefore will not graduate.

Contact Jack Downs ( with any questions about the University Writing Portfolio.