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Course Waiver Portfolio Instructions

UIC First-Year Writing Program: Portfolio Waiver Petition Process

Demonstrating Writing Proficiency for a Waiver of ENGL 160 or ENGL 161

The UIC First-Year Writing Program (FYWP) in the Department of English is responsible for administering waivers of ENGL 160 (Academic Writing 1) and ENGL 161 (Academic Writing 2) to eligible students. Students who wish to have one or both of these courses waived should submit a portfolio that shows they have met the proficiency requirements of the course(s) by prior college-level written coursework.

Students may submit portfolios at any time during the year. The portfolios are read and evaluated by the FYWP staff. The FYWP is usually able to contact students and their academic advisors with the results of the portfolio evaluations within one week of receiving the portfolio. Decisions of the FYWP office are final; no appeals will be considered. Students who do not receive the waiver on the basis of the portfolio are required to take that course in a future term. Failure to meet these course requirements may result in being dropped by the college