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Upper-Division Communication/Writing (CW) Critiera

Mission Statement

The upper-division communication/writing requirement provides students advanced instruction in speaking and writing with the understanding that these skills will continue to develop throughout the educational program while completing their degrees. This requirement prepares students to communicate clearly and effectively within the standards and conventions established by specific disciplines, to incorporate feedback and criticism into multiple revisions, and to tailor written or oral communication to the needs of particular audiences. Because research and national best practices strongly suggest that enrollment in CW courses not exceed thirty students, these courses should maintain appropriately small enrollments.

 

Grading

A minimum grade of C- or CR in one of the approved courses is required to complete this requirement. Minimum grade does not apply to pre-requisites. Please check with the department first. If the course is a requirement for a major, it must be taken for a letter grade and CR/NC is not an option.

Bachelor Degree Requirement Course Review Rubric

A. Content Criteria

Each course must address all four questions:

  High (3) Medium (2) Low (1) None (0)
  1. Explain how the course provides direct instruction in how to write and/or communicate according to disciplinary standards or genre-specific conventions.
Ample and concrete evidence is provided about how the course is designed specifically to meet this criterion. Specific evidence is provided that at least one dimension of the course design or assignment structure will meet this criterion. Some evidence is provided but it is vague and unattached to specific elements of the course. No evidence provided about how the course meets this criterion.
  1. Explain how the course requires students to use multiple forms of writing and/or communication in ways that are adapted to the particular needs of different audiences.
Ample and concrete evidence is provided about how the course is designed specifically to meet this criterion. Specific evidence is provided that at least one dimension of the course design or assignment structure will meet this criterion. Some evidence is provided but it is vague and unattached to specific elements of the course. No evidence provided about how the course meets this criterion.
  1. Clearly identify how the course requires students to use feedback to revise their work for each writing assignment more than once.
Ample and concrete evidence is provided about how the course is designed specifically to meet this criterion. Specific evidence is provided that at least one dimension of the course design or assignment structure will meet this criterion. Some evidence is provided but it is vague and unattached to specific elements of the course. No evidence provided about how the course meets this criterion.
  1. Clearly identify how at least 50% of the final grade is dependent upon students’ ability to write and/or communicate.
Ample and concrete evidence is provided about how the course is designed specifically to meet this criterion. Specific evidence is provided that at least one dimension of the course design or assignment structure will meet this criterion. Some evidence is provided but it is vague and unattached to specific elements of the course. No evidence provided about how the course meets this criterion.

B. Process Criteria (Student Learning Experience Criteria)

Each course should address at least two of the following criteria:

  High (3) Medium (2) Low (1) None (0)
  1. Describe, using evidence from the course syllabus, including assignments or other course materials, how instruction will engage students in highly interactive approaches to learning throughout the duration of the course.
Ample and concrete evidence is provided about how the course is designed specifically to meet this criterion. Specific evidence is provided that at least one dimension of the course design or assignment structure will meet this criterion. Some evidence is provided but it is vague and unattached to specific elements of the course. No evidence provided about how the course meets this criterion.
  1. Describe, using evidence from the course syllabus, perhaps describing specific assignments or practices, how instruction in the course will lead students toward applying course concepts, principles, theories, etc.
Ample and concrete evidence is provided about how the course is designed specifically to meet this criterion. Specific evidence is provided that at least one dimension of the course design or assignment structure will meet this criterion. Some evidence is provided but it is vague and unattached to specific elements of the course. No evidence provided about how the course meets this criterion.
  1. Describe, using evidence from the course syllabus, how instruction in the course will give students the tools and experiences they need in order to engage in integrative or interdisciplinary thinking in the discipline.
Ample and concrete evidence is provided about how the course is designed specifically to meet this criterion. Specific evidence is provided that at least one dimension of the course design or assignment structure will meet this criterion. Some evidence is provided but it is vague and unattached to specific elements of the course. No evidence provided about how the course meets this criterion.

C. Learning Outcomes

Each course must address both critiera:

  High (3) Medium (2) Low (1) None (0)
  1. How does instruction in the course provide opportunities for developing at least two but not more than three of the Intellectual and Practical Skills Learning Outcomes?
Two learning outcomes are selected and ample and concrete evidence is provided about how students will have the opportunity to achieve those outcomes. One or two learning outcomes are selected and specific evidence is provided about how students will have opportunities to achieve one learning outcome but not both. One or two learning outcomes are selected and some evidence is provided about how students will have the opportunity to achieve them but the evidence is vague and unattached to specific elements of the course. Two learning outcomes are not selected and no evidence is provided about how students will have the opportunity to achieve each learning outcome.
  1. How does instruction in the course provide opportunities for engagement with at least one but not more than two of the Personal and Social Responsibility Learning Outcomes?
One learning outcome is selected and ample and concrete evidence is provided about how students will have the opportunity to achieve it. One learning outcome is selected and specific evidence is provided about how students will have opportunities to achieve one learning outcome. One learning outcome is selected and some evidence is provided about how students will have the opportunity to achieve it but the evidence is vague and unattached to specific elements of the course. No learning outcomes are selected and no evidence is provided about how students will have the opportunity to achieve the learning outcome.

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Last Updated: 7/22/16