Credit Overlay Policy

Credit Overlay Policy

English/Writing Credit Overlay Liaison is Donald Wolff ( or 541-962-3527). 

Students who wish to receive Eastern credit for WR 121 or English 104 must have their courses approved by the English/Writing Program. It is up to their teachers to have the courses approved prior to being offered. In order to be approved, the instructor must provide the following before offering the course:

  1. A detailed course syllabus indicating the nature of the course, texts to be used, assignments, and due dates.
  2. A statement of standards and outcomes explicitly reflecting PASS standards, criteria, and proficiencies. The teacher must provide outcomes and means of assessment statements on his or her syllabi that reflect those of Eastern’s English/Writing program.
  3. A copy of the instructor’s vita (resume).
  4. A set of representative student papers to be used for calibration between the Eastern English/Writing Program and the participating high school English program. That is, representative student papers, tests, and projects will be reviewed by the high school instructor and an Eastern English/Writing faculty member for the purpose of aligning “summary verification” (assessment and proficiency levels). Sample papers and projects may be reviewed during the course itself, while it is in progress, if it has already been approved.
  5. A completed Division of Distance Education Course Approval Form.
  6. Approved courses will be reviewed each year in order to maintain standards. Each time the course is taught the materials required above will have to be resubmitted.

Eastern’s English/Writing Program approves individual teachers and courses, not departmental offerings. That is, each course by a specific teacher must be certified individually. Once an offering has been approved, changes in course focus can be authorized expeditiously, if Eastern’s English/Writing Program standards, means of assessment, criteria, and proficiencies are maintained.

This policy is aligned with recommendations for college credit courses taught in high schools from the Oregon Writing and English Advisory Committee (OWEAC: and with the Oregon University System’s Proficiency-based Admissions Standards System (PASS:


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