While over 90% of native English speakers fulfill the GWAR by scoring 11 or higher on the WPE on their first attempt, over 50% of students for whom English is a second language score below 11 on their first attempt. Upper-division transfer students and International students are particularly challenged by this CSU graduation requirement.
Exciting changes in the GWAR program are being implemented to help students satisfy the GWAR promptly and avoid delays in their graduation. The biggest change is that the WPE is being used as a diagnostic tool to place students in the most appropriate pathway to GWAR success. Effective Fall 2010, students are required to complete a GWAR path based on their WPE scores, and they are expected to satisfy the requirement in 1 year. You will find pathway details on the Students page.
To ensure that students get the best possible advice about their GWAR options, GWAR advisors are now located in the University Center for Undergraduate Advising (UCUA). To schedule an advising appointment or request information about the GWAR program, contact Linda Sarbo, GWAR Coordinator at Linda.Sarbo@csulb.edu.
Designated sections of English English 301B are offered through the College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) for international students and returning non-matriculated students. These sections ensure that students with special GWAR needs have access to appropriate writing instruction. International students should contact the Center for International Education for course schedules and permits. Returning non-matriculated students should contact Linda Sarbo, GWAR Coordinator at Linda.Sarbo@csulb.edu for course schedules and permits.