DSP - The UCSC Online Directed Self-Placement - How and when to take DSP, and how UCSC interprets your results. 

AWPE - The Analytical Writing Placement Exam - The AWPE is no longer recommended for UCSC students. Instead, students should complete the Directed Self-Placement

ELWR - The UC Entry Level Writing Requirement – Satisfied by DSP result, certain previous courses, a passing AWPE or other assessment score, or completion of Writing Program course(s). 

Composition – Satisfied by certain courses taken prior to UCSC, or completion of Writing Program course(s).

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Employment Opportunities

The UC Santa Cruz Writing Program invites applications for an ongoing pool of instructors. Employment info


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