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Writing Assessment

Writing Assessment 2013-14

 In 2013-14, Cal Poly continued the writing assessment work that was initiated in the ULO Project (2008-11). Matt Luskey, Writing Instruction Specialist in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, and Dawn Janke, Director of the University Writing and Rhetoric Center, co-chair this assessment team. The writing definition and rubric were established in 2008.

The committee was able to quickly launch into the artifact collection stage. One hundred and thirty-five essays were collected in a variety of disciplines in GE C4 (Arts and Humanities) and GE D5 (Society and the Individual) from classes in English, Anthropology, Music, Business, Women’s Studies, Theatre, Philosophy, and Ethnic Studies. Essays were each scored twice by 23 readers. The different scores were recorded for the different disciplines.

The rubric used for the scoring was based on the University Writing Rubric (PDF). A self-assessment December 21, 2015 General Education Program Review component was also utilized in the rubric (75/135 essays had self-assessment scores). Twenty three faculty and staff members from across campus participated in the session, which included norming as well as the scoring of 135 essays (each essay was scored twice). Eleven different assignments elicited the student writing. The goal of the assessment was an attempt to articulate benchmarks for GE C4 (Arts and Humanities) and GE D5 (Society and the Individual) class assignments.

These results will be compared to the previous University Writing Assessment in the ULO Project (2008-11). This analysis should be completed in AY 2016-17.

Writing in Phase three (2015-17) education and improvement
  • Continued sharing of results
  • Determination of appropriate areas for improvement
  • Develop educational workshops to enhance learning of core compentency


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