Motion A: TO END THE UPPER DIVISION WRITING PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENT The UDWPA does not provide useful information about student preparedness for upper-division writing courses; does not lead students to seek help in improving their writing; does not assess writing produced in the context of course content; does not provide information to improve writing instruction or curriculum.
Motion B: TO IMPLEMENT A UNIVERSITY-WIDE PROGRAM-LEVEL ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT WRITING PROFICIENCY IN APPROVED WRITING COURSES Program-level writing assessment • provides relevant, useful information about student writing proficiency in the context of an Approved Writing course; • provides valid and reliable information to improve writing instruction and curriculum; • provides professional development opportunities for faculty and staff who are committed to improving writing proficiency of students.
PROGRAM-LEVEL ASSESSMENT DESCRIPTION • Instructors of 200-level Approved Writing courses require students to submit/upload one paper via Moodle. • Identification of student and instructor are removed. • A representative random sample of papers is selected for scoring . • Volunteer faculty, staff, and graduate students attend a Writing Retreat to read and score writing samples.
2011 & 2012 Writing Retreat Participants from Across the Disciplines AnthropologyEnglish Language InstituteEnvironmental StudiesEnglish and CompositionCurriculum & InstructionCommunication StudiesChemistryGeoscienceMansfield LibraryMissoula College: Applied Arts & ScienceManagement Information Systems Pharmacy PracticeWriting Center
WRITING RETREAT PROCESS • Scorers are trained to use the Scoring Rubric, which is based on the criteria for Approved Writing courses. • Scoring papers with the rubric is not a re-grading of papers; this is not an evaluation of instructors or individual students. • Data are gathered and analyzed to identify trends in student writing. • Results are reported to appropriate groups on campus, e.g., writing instructors, department chairs, Writing Committee. Faculty Senate and Provost’s Office would receive summary data.