The Statement of WAC Principles and Practices

The development and publication of a formal statement of WAC principles was an important sign of the growing need for a professional organization for WAC. Drafted by an ad hoc committee of INWAC members in February 2014 and endorsed by the CCCC Executive Committee in December 2014, the Statement of WAC Principles and Practices was published on the WAC Clearinghouse ( that year (Cox et al., 2014). The statement lists principles, goals, and practices for "building an effective and sustainable WAC program," ranging from program development to pedagogy to assessment.

The Statement of WAC Principles and Practices served as the launching point for discussions of two additional professional organizations for WAC: the WAC Standing Group, organized under the auspices of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum, which would replace the informal WAC Network. The establishment of these groups served as the culmination of years of informal discussions about establishing an organization that would serve the WAC community in the same way that the Council of Writing Program Administrators and the International Writing Centers Association served, respectively, the WPA and writing center communities.

Video: Michelle Cox discusses the origin and rationale for the Statement of WAC Principles. View the video at