Direct Assessment: Writing
- Pilots conducted in 2006 and 2007, full analysis in 2008-09.
- Using process based on Carleton College writing portfolio, faculty submitted best papers from students in WI courses.
- Faculty assessment session in January reading and scoring papers using a rubric based on WI goals.
- Results used by Jacobson Center to design additional follow up course in spring for students needing more writing-intensive instruction and to target faculty development in writing.
- Annual writing assessment sessions beginning January 2013.
- Faculty discussions on issues in student preparation for college writing.
- What do we expect in student writing? How much writing do we expect students to do in the first year?
- Faculty feedback that participation in writing assessment workshop provided significant faculty development.
- Writing assessment workshops planned annually for ongoing data and faculty development
- Assessment data provided guidance for decision-making and institutional priorities.
- Development of second-semester writing mechanics course for students who did not become college-level writers after one WI course.
- Addition of faculty development for WI instructors around key areas of challenge, including paragraph development.
- Analysis and confirmation of score data presently used to recommend students take a writing mechanics course.
Selected Departmental Learning Goals