English 1410: Rhetoric and Writing II Assessment Protocols

ENGL 1410 has undergone extensive curricular revision. The course breaks decidedly from the prototypical core writing research design that has held sway for centuries (con-pro reasoning, modal structures, annotated bibs, and the generic research essay on common topics). For ENGL 1410 design details, please see the ENGL 1410 Overview and Outcomes.

In the spring of 2010, ENGL 1410 faculty drafted an exit survey for our second core writing course. ENGL 1410 curriculum and assessment designs flow from our ENGL 1310 writing-about-writing designs with an emphasis on rhetoric and writing theoretical content and skills outcomes coupled with engagement and high-impact practices, and then critical self-reflection competencies as measures of the perceived transfer value of ENGL 1410 coursework. Central to our redesign is the integration of Information Literacy (IL) instruction and assessment protocols within the course. Kraemer Library faculty teach IL curricula on site in the Kraemer library?s computer classroom. Each ENGL 1410 course has a designated library faculty member, who works collaboratively with 1410 faculty to customize IL instruction and support topic-specific research projects. Library instruction is delivered across 2-3 regularly scheduled class sessions in any semester. For specific research work generated collaboratively by course and topic, please follow our ENGL 1410 Overview and Outcomes.

Currently, Kramer Library IL assessments are embedded within the course. We have an IL pre and post test, as well as an IL exit survey. The pre and post test is a direct measure delivered at the course level. The exit survey is an indirect measure of students? self-reported degree of learning and their affective understanding of IL instruction. Because we host this IL instruction and assessment work within our ENGL 1410 core writing curriculum, library faculty are able to both deliver and assess their information literacy instruction in general education systematically. ENGL 1410 faculty and students benefit enormously from the disciplinary expertise of their Kraemer faculty colleagues.

Please see the English 1410 Information Literacy Pre / Post Test.

Please see the English 1410 Information Literacy Exit Survey.

ENGL 1410 Exit Survey Re-design of Spring 2011
We are currently collaborating with Kraemer faculty on the merging of ENGL 1410 and IL assessments into a common tool. An ENGL 1410 bundled exit survey of both ENGL 1410 and IL competencies will be implemented in the spring of 2011. The online survey is built upon the Surveymonkey framework, which affords Kraemer faculty and RWP faculty easy access and expedient analysis. We will be able to generate frequency reports for the whole ENGL 1410 population as well as individual faculty reports on both sides of our instruction. At present, a draft of the new online tool is available for preview.

Please see the English 1410 Exit Survey (Draft-in-Progress).

UCCS Rhetoric and Writing 1410 Completion Rates Annual Year 2010
In AY 2010, 1119 students enrolled in ENGL 1310, and 1008 enrolled in ENGL 1410. The RWP's completion rates of a C- or better for ENGL 1310 and ENGL 1410 are 82% and 88% respectively. See table #1 below:

Table 1. AY 2010 Completion Rates

(Earning C- or Better)

Values

1310 Total

1410 Total

A

125

216

A-

98

128

B+

92

83

B

202

174

B-

119

71

C+

95

52

C

69

65

C-

53

35

D+

30

13

D

37

16

D-

13

2

F

109

80

I

10

9

W

67

64

C- or Better*

82%

88%

*Excludes I and W from calculation.

UCCS Rhetoric and Writing 1410 Grade Distributions AY 2010
The Program analyzed the distribution of grades across core ENGL 1310 and ENGL 1410. Table #2 offers numbers and percentages. Rhetoric and Writing faculty are given their individual grade distributions by course for faculty-to-program data comparisons. These reports will inform their annual self-evaluation reports that are submitted to CLAS at the close of each annual year.

Table 2. Grade Distributions

 

ENGL 1310

ENGL 1410

Values

Total

%

Total

%

A

125

12.0%

216

23.1%

A-

98

9.4%

128

13.7%

B+

92

8.8%

83

8.9%

B

202

19.4%

174

18.6%

B-

119

11.4%

71

7.6%

C+

95

9.1%

52

5.6%

C

69

6.6%

65

7.0%

C-

53

5.1%

35

3.7%

D+

30

2.9%

13

1.4%

D

37

3.6%

16

1.7%

D-

13

1.2%

2

0.2%

F

109

10.5%

80

8.6%

I

10

9

W

67

64

Total

1119

100%

1008

100%