Volumes of research published since the 1970's have substantiated the claim that writing is integral to both the learning process and the development of students' critical thinking skills.
The fact is, the practice and exercise of writing produces positive effects on learning outcomes across all academic disciplines. And for those students who develop and master communication skills in the academic world, there will be rewards in the private sector as well.
Writing competencies, in particular, are highly sought after. Many more doors will open—professionally—to those who have them than to those who don't.
To learn more about integrating writing into your courses, visit the Writing Across the Curriculum Guide Integrating Writing into Any Course: Starting Points.