B.A. English – Written Communication (2017-2018)

Have formal Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) or Student Learning Outcomes (SLOS) been developed?

Yes. See English Program Review 2015

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Published where? (website)

English webpage

Do PLOs include or imply link to Core Competency? (AY 2017-2018: Written Communication)?

Yes. See English Program Review

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Process of Core Competency Assessment:

Course (400- level)

ENG 419 The New West, cross-listed with WS 494


Final research paper

Type of Student Artifact

2200-2500 word revised, peer-reviewed, research-based paper in MLA format that takes an argumentative position on a New West topic in literature and/or film and incorporates critical literary theory from primary sources

Rubric or other instrument

GE Rubric for Written Communication

Data (measurement of the competency)

22 final papers were scored by 2 readers.

The 22 ENG 419/WS 494 The New West samples were end-of-term argumentative research papers on a topic of the students’ own choice.
The assessment scores show that the majority of the papers scored at 3 for organization, content, and language/grammar. This indicates that English majors have strong language skills. Overall, the lowest scores were given for line of reasoning. These scores follow assessment patterns previously seen among English majors (e.g. ENG 489 assessment).

Evaluator Tabular Data

Action Taken in Response to the Data (What will you do in response to the Findings?)

The results will be reviewed with ENG and WS faculty in Fall 2018.

Efforts should be made to address line of reasoning.

Date of Last Program Review


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