A REVISED FIRST-YEAR WRITING AND COMMUNICATION EXPERIENCE
Currently, ENG 100 introduces students to general expository writing in various genres, and COMM 145 provides instruction in planning, developing, and delivering research-based argumentative speeches, as well as in communication theories and practices. A revised first-year writing and communication experience, with an introduction to writing and communication across disciplines, genres, and cultures will provide students with a foundation which can then be vertically aligned with the sophomore/junior curriculum.
To that end, we will develop a first-year writing and communication experience focused on developing skills in evidence and argument revision. Specific initiatives are anticipated to include:
- Revising ENG 100 course goals to more explicitly require at least one argument paper, with appropriate integration of secondary source material;
- Identifying a set of common activities that instructors can choose from to deliver in ENG 100 that will provide instruction in in-text citation and bibliographies;
- Redesigning departmental professional development programs to assist faculty in applying pedagogical best practices to support the teaching of argumentation at the introductory level;
- Aligning course goals and student artifacts with E&A student learning outcomes to facilitate authentic and reliable assessment;
- Establishing appropriate targeted levels of student performance on assessments based on LEAP rubrics; and
- Dedicating particular focus to addressing identified weaknesses in student performance, specifically related to identification of high-quality and relevant source material, and the effective integration of that source material to support the arguments.
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