Important Information Regarding the WPST

Important Information Regarding the WPST

Dear Faculty,                                                                                                                                   

As you may be aware, in a March 12th memo, the Chancellor's Office eliminated all GWAR testing and asked that all campuses have a non-testing GWAR plan in place by the start of AY 2021-2022. In responses, UWC, UEPC, and Academic Affairs have collaborated on a memo that will go out to students this Friday, March 27th letting them know they may take a summer or fall WP course without first having a passing WPST score in the system. This decision was not made lightly but does ensure students are able to proceed toward degree completion in a timely manner.

We are working to ensure ample support for both students and faculty will be in place come fall, but we wanted you to be aware of the memo going out to students in the event that you are teaching a WP course in the near future or if you are currently advising students. If you have questions about this, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Rachel Grimshaw
GWAR Coordinator   

Memo to Students

Dear Students,

On March 12th, 2020, the California State University Chancellor’s Office issued a memo stating that all Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) testing be immediately suspended. Each campus that currently requires testing as part of GWAR has been asked to devise an alternate method of ensuring students graduating with an undergraduate degree are proficient in English writing and to have a permanent plan in place by Fall 2021.

In response to the Chancellor’s memo, the April 11th WPST and all future WPST administrations have been canceled. In order to ensure students are able to proceed to graduation in a timely manner, students may take a WP course in summer or fall without completion of the WPST, so long as they have completed the Golden Four (A1, A2, A3, and math) and are in at least sophomore status.

The University Educational Policies Committee (UEPC), University Writing Committee (UWC), WPST Coordinator, and Provost’s Office are working together to formulate a plan for what GWAR will look like at Stan State going forward, and we will communicate this plan when it is finalized. In the meantime, we ask for your patience as we navigate unfamiliar territory in difficult and uncertain times.

If you have any questions about this, please reach out to the GWAR Coordinator, Rachel Grimshaw, by email:


Tim Firch, Chair
University Writing Committee (UWC)