B.A. English – Written Communication (2013-2014)

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

Updated SLOs

Published where? (website)

English Webpage

Do PLOs include or imply link to Core Competency? (AY 2013-2014: Written Communication)?

Students will:
Demonstrate proper citation styles for the humanities (MLA) in their writing;
Develop original research projects and/or original creative work that communicates ideas/arguments effectively and persuasively;
Integrate complex ideas and theories from multiple sources in their writing; Analyze various types of texts (including literature, non-fiction, film, and visual media) using appropriate techniques, such as paraphrase, synthesis, and comparison/ contrast; Demonstrate an understanding of writing as a process that requires revision, editing, and compliance with writing conventions; Write college-level prose and use appropriate grammar.

Process of Core Competency Assessment:

Course (400- level)

ENG 489 – Magical Realism


Final Research Paper

Type of Student Artifact

Students must synthesize 3 primary texts with a minimum of 5 academic secondary sources in a 6-8 page MLA formatted paper

Rubric or other instrument

GE Written Comm Rubric

Data (measurement of the competency)

Tables of scores for 2 readers of 15 final papers is included below.

The 15 sample papers from ENG 489 Magic Realism were an end-of-term argumentative research paper on a topic of the student’s own choice. The assessment results show that the majority of the papers were at an advanced or competent level. None were assessed to be at the beginner level (1). Most papers scored at 3 or 4 on the language section, which suggests that most English majors have strong language competency, including those whose thesis writing, analysis, and organization scored at 2; 4 of the 15 did exhibit problems with “line of reasoning” (receiving scores below 3) though the scores from the other categories offset this one area.

Evaluator Tabular Data

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

Based on these scores, we conclude that most are near or at competency in written communication (86%) with n = 15. However, the Department will discuss recommendations for future work to enable seniors who are below competency to receive additional support for their writing.

Date of Last Program Review


Link to report:English Department