GWAR Guidelines for Faculty

Exciting changes in the GWAR program are being implemented to help students develop their academic writing skills. Beginning in Fall 2016, the GWAR pathways include completion of a General Education Writing Intensive (WI) capstone course to satisfy the GWAR. This new step in the GWAR appears in students' Academic Requirements Report along with the other steps in the GWAR pathways. You will find detailed information about the requirements for students who enrolled or reenrolled either before or after Fall 2016 on the GWAR Student Guidelines page. For information about GWAR courses, go to GWAR Courses.

Also beginning in Fall 2016, the GWAR Placement Exam (GPE) replaces the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE). All students, regardless of their enrollment dates, who have not taken the placement test prior to fall 2016, will be required to take the GPE. WPE scores attained by students who took the test prior to fall 2016 will continue to be used for placement purposes, and students who completed the WPE are not required to complete the GPE. Students are permitted to take the GPE only once. Students' can view their GPE scores by logging in to the MyCSULB homepage, and then opening the Test Score Summary link. For information about the writing placement test go to the Testing Website or contact

English 301B classes for international students through CCPE are no longer available because of CSU policy. 

For more information, please visit the GWAR FAQ page. If you have additional concerns or questions, email GWAR eAdvising at

WI Course Development and Approval

The Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement Committee (GWARC) will be in charge of certification of new Writing Intensive (WI) classes.