Writing Across the Curriculum: Academic Best Practice that Pays Off

research award, writing, Veterinary Technology

Sara Albanese

The ability to craft professional, yet engaging writing is an important challenge for all college students.  Regardless of vocation, the ability to communicate through writing remains vital, for not only functioning in a work setting, but also for gaining employment within. Recognizing this importance, faculty at Globe University-Madison East established a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) team with the hopes of improving and increasing student writing opportunities on campus.

According to the Purdue Online Writing Lab, WAC is, “a pedagogical movement that began in the 1980s,” and shares, “the philosophy that writing instruction should happen across the academic community and throughout a student’s undergraduate education.” 

With this framework in mind, faculty regularly collaborates on ways to advance writing in the curriculum. They also encourage students to engage in writing related extra-curricular opportunities on campus.

One of those opportunities is the quarterly Research Award, which aims to distinguish scholarly achievement in research writing. This fall, veterinary technology student Sara Albanese received the award for a paper she wrote titled, Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus: Do Vaccines Work?.

The paper, which was written for an Anatomy and Physiology course, centered on the topic of vaccination functionality in relation to respiratory viruses in cattle.  Sara received a certificate of achievement and $100 gift card.   

According to her instructor, Megan Jordan, “Sara showed an extreme interest in her topic from the beginning of her research.”

She also constantly sought feedback during the process, and the paper was professional and demonstrated strong understanding of the topic.

“I believe that science is the pathway to the understanding,” Sara explains.

Currently, she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology and plans to work toward a career in pathology. On campus, Sara constantly seeks creative ways to align course projects with future aspirations and personal interests. In general, Sara is described by faculty as highly motivated, professional, and manages her success as not only a student, but as a mother of three. 

By Gabriel Neely, Service Learning Coordinator, Globe University-Madison East