John S. Knight Institute
The John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines at Cornell University
supports writing seminars and writing intensive courses in a broad spectrum
of academic disciplines and at all levels of undergraduate education; it
also engages in a variety of outreach activities.
The Knight Institute coordinates the First-Year
Writing Seminar Program, which serves the vast majority of first-year
students at Cornell. It also has developed advanced-writing initiatives:
it coordinates Writing in the Majors,
an upper-level program, and supports English
2880/2890: Expository Writing. The
Knight Institute is also home to the Writing
Workshop, which offers tutorial writing classes and tutoring services.
In all, more than thirty-five academic departments and programs offer
courses associated with the Knight Institute's programs.
As support for its programs, the Knight Institute offers developmental
programs and training. Faculty and graduate students who will teach
First-Year Writing Seminars or who will offer courses associated with
Writing in the Majors may participate in the Faculty Seminar for Writing
Instruction, in Writing 7100: Teaching Writing, or in Writing 7101: Writing
in the Majors. Other programs are also available.
Among its outreach efforts the Knight Institute includes the Cornell
Consortium for Writing in the Disciplines, an annual June gathering of
nine institutions from the United States and abroad. The Knight Institute
hosted the Fourth National Writing Across the Curriculum Conference.
We know of no writing program that exceeds Cornell's in the richness
and diversity of its course offerings. The strength of the program was
recognized in September 2000 by the Time/Princeton Review when it designated
Cornell the Private Research University "College of the Year"
on the basis of its writing-in-the-disciplines approach.
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