More information about our current Writing classes can be found in COCC's current College Catalog course descriptions. Below are links to Outcomes that show the skills students accomplish in different literacy and writing classes at COCC, together with the Assessments that outline how students will show what they have learned.
The Writing Center also offers drop-in tutoring.
Visit the COCC Tutoring and Testing website then view Subjects Tutored and Writing Center, or call 541-383-7539 for updates on the current term's Writing Center hours.
Writing Course Placement
Writing Courses at COCC: All students (unless exempt*) taking credit classes must take the COCC placement assessment prior to registration in order to assess their current abilities in reading, writing and math. This information will help students choose the most appropriate courses for their skill level. Initial placement in COCC Writing Courses is based on reading and writing placement assessment results.
Our writing courses are PROCESS oriented, which means that each course focuses on the process for developing ideas, forming questions, researching, drafting, evaluating and revising formal writing projects. Our composition courses (WR 121, 122 and 227) are not literature analysis courses. Instead, they focus on a variety of expository, analytical, and argumentative writing genres.
Humanities Department/Composition Committee Policy (approved Jan. 17, 2014)
To place in WR 121, students must either take the College’s writing/reading comprehension placement exam and place in WR 121 or receive a passing grade in WR 65 or WR 95.
Only the following students are excused from taking WR 121 and may enroll in the next writing course: those who have taken the AP Language and Composition exam and have earned a score of 3 or higher, or those who earned a 5 or above on standard or high level IB exams.
The COCC Humanities department does not have a challenge option for WR 121, WR 122, or WR 227 in keeping with the process oriented approach to writing that is the guiding principle of all of our writing courses.
WR 121 Prerequisites: Students may register in WR 121 or WR 121 plus WR 98 Seminar only if they have met at least one of the following prerequisites:
- Earned Writing and Reading placement test scores that place the student in WR 121 or WR 121 plus WR 98 Seminar;
- Placed into WR 121 or WR 121 plus WR 98 Seminar via the Directed Self Placement Survey tool (piloting in 2018)
- Successfully completed (with a grade or "C" or higher) WR 65
- Completed the Smarter Balanced Assessment within the last two years and scored a 3 or 4 in writing
*Exemptions: Students are exempt from taking WR 121 if they have
- Completed a two-year associate degree or higher degree, supported by an official college transcript;
- Successfully completed (with a grade of "C" or higher) a course determined to be equivalent to WR 121 at a previous college supported by an official college transcript.
- Earned a 3 or higher on the AP Language and Composition Exam, or a 5 or higher in an IB exam.
- Successfully completed (with a grade of "C" or higher) a College Now WR 121 course supported by an official college transcript.
If you have any questions about placement into a Writing course at COCC, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org