The Writing Milestone

George Fox University has a distinct and innovative approach to writing. Instead of taking and passing a college writing course, students under the General Education Program* must achieve the Writing Milestone before graduation. 

The Writing Milestone allows students to demonstrate and improve their writing in a variety of curricular and extracurricular contexts. It is designed to strengthen and develop students as writers by introducing all incoming first-year students to writing strategies in their first semester and providing intensive writing instruction in the second semester for students who need it.

The Writing Studio, attached to LIBA 100 Knowing and Being Known, offers a unique context in which students are introduced to college writing. The program appoints writing instructors as writing mentors and provides a variety of resources and writing contexts in which students can strengthen their writing and develop good habits as college writers.

The Writing Milestone features two requirements that provide substantive evidence of proficiency and a rigorous and holistic standard of achievement:

  1. writing portfolio, containing writing produced in college courses, and
  2. a timed writing assessment.

The Writing Portfolio 

The writing portfolio is a compilation of documents written while enrolled in LIBA 100 or WRIT 111 and evaluated by writing faculty. 

The Writing Studio (LIBA100): Most students take LIBA 100, Knowing and Being Known, in their first semester. While enrolled in LIBA100, students work closely with a Writing Studio instructor to prepare and submit a writing portfolio containing their written work from LIBA 100 and other courses they are taking at Fox. Read more about the LIBA 100 Writing Studio

WRIT 111 Writing Portfolio Development: Students unable to satisfy the writing portfolio requirement during their enrollment in LIBA 100 take WRIT 111, Writing Portfolio Development (3), in which they work closely with writing faculty to develop writing projects which they submit as a writing portfolio by the end of the semester.  

Transfer Credit (TTRF students only): Students admitted to George Fox with at least 30 hours of post-high school college credit may be eligible to satisfy the writing portfolio requirement through transfer credit. If you fall into this category, we will contact you and invite you to take the timed writing assessment during the first few weeks of your first semester at Fox.

Timed Writing Assessment

Students who have satisfied the portfolio requirement are eligible to take the timed writing assessment.

Students take the assessment in the same semester they pass the portfolio, either in LIBA 100 or in WRIT 111, or, if satisfying the portfolio through transfer credit, during the first few weeks of their enrollment.

The assessment asks students to develop a simple argument with a main idea and to integrate sources into their writing with proper attribution.


*Students in the William Penn Honors Society and students transferring to George Fox with an approved post-high school transfer degree meet their general education writing requirement through alternative means and do not need the Writing Milestone.