Writing Competency II Portfolio

The Writing Competency II Portfolio is a requirement for students completing the Simpson College BA/BM degrees under the Cornerstone Program.

In August 2011, the Cornerstone Program was replaced with the Engaged Citizenship Curriculum.

In August 2014, the Cornerstone Program will no longer be part of the college’s curriculum.

If the Writing Competency II Portfolio has not been completed by August 2014, students should be in contact with the Registrar’s Office (515-961-1642) to discuss options. Students who have not completed the Cornerstone Program by August 2014 will be transitioned to the Engaged Citizenship Curriculum.


All students under the Cornerstone Program, during the sixth or seventh semester (or the semester previous to the semester they graduate), must submit a portfolio containing four pieces of writing they have done after completing English 102 or its equivalent, plus a brief reflective essay that discusses how the pieces in the portfolio illustrate their development as a writer (the reflective essay is optional for students who enrolled before fall semester 1995). Students may include whatever writing they feel best demonstrates their intellectual and personal growth.

Writing Competency II Portfolio Submission

All portfolios are submitted to the Hawley Academic Resource Center located on the 3rd floor of Dunn Library.

NOTE: If you are a student in the EWG program, you may submit your portfolio at one of the three EWG offices (Ankeny, West Des Moines, or Indianola). We encourage you to submit your portfolio a few days in advance of the deadline to allow for delivery to the Hawley Academic Resource Center via the campus mail process.

When submitting your portfolio, we do not recommend using a three-ring binder or similar item to display your papers. If you wish, a simple file folder may be used. If a binder is used and viewed to be not appropriate, you may be asked to remove the papers and not use the binder for the submission.

As a reminder, your submission should include the following items:

  1. Completed submission form – WCII-SUBMISSION-FORM
  2. Reflective essay
  3. Minimum of four papers meeting the requirements

    Portfolios submitted which do not include the above items or incomplete items will not be processed.

If you have any questions regarding the Writing Competency II requirements, please contact the Hawley Academic Resource Center at 961-1524.

Request for Substitution

Students may make a request to substitute four (4) courses which have been given the WC (written communication) designation through the Engaged Citizenship Curriculum. To request a substitution for the Writing Competency II requirement:

    1. A student must complete a minimum of four courses assigned the WC (written communication) designation with a minimum grade of C- earned.
      1. At least one of the four WC courses must be in the student’s major area of study.
      2. At least two of the WC courses must be above the 100-level.
    2.  Provide a copy of the student’s most recent degree audit.
    3. If a course is in progress, a grade of C- as a final grade must be earned to satisfy the conditions of the request. The request for substitution (which includes a course in progress) will be reviewed at the end of the term in which the course is being completed.
    4. Complete and submit the WCII SUBSTITUTION FORM form to the Hawley Academic Resource & Advising Center.
    5. The request for substitution must be made in a timely manner. If the request is denied, the student will still be required to complete the competency requirement by submitting the portfolio on or before one of the scheduled deadlines.