Our History

Offical Seal of UVU

During UVU’s history, pre-core writing instruction has been available in varying forms to students assessed as under-prepared for college-level work.  In the 1970s and early 1980s the Literacies and Composition program (then called Learning Enrichment English, and later Basic Composition) focused largely on standardized English usage, using “skill and drill” methods of instruction with very little attention given to writing instruction or practice. 

Following developments in the field of composition, the program gradually shifted, as the institution became first a community college and then a state college, to a focus on academic writing, taking a largely process-based approach to instruction.  By the turn of the current century, the program had modified its theoretical allegiances once again, combining a largely rhetorical approach to pedagogy and curriculum with a social constructivist view of its students and the activity of writing.

Today’s Literacies and Composition classes include a heavy emphasis on digital and multi-modal literacies and rhetorics, “authentic” reading and writing assignments, and viewing the writing space as a place of “assemblage,” where students’ experiences, identities and interests, as well as the histories, genres and expectations of particular literacy contexts, come together to create a text.