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Undergraduate Assessment

English BA Student Learning Outcomes

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English Assessment Rubric

 

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G1: Argument

  • Synthesizes others’ points of view to develop a thesis or claim.
  • Logically extrapolates from evidence
  • Acknowledges complexities
  • Refers to others’ points of view to develop a thesis
  • Focuses on evidence
  • Acknowledges complexities
  • Thesis or claim is general
  • Acknowledges different sides of an issue
  • States a thesis or claim, but it is simplistic, obvious, ambiguous, illogical, or unsupportable from evidence.

G2: Cultural and Historical Knowledge

Demonstrates sophisticated understanding of the complexity of cultural elements of history, values, politics, communication styles, economies, beliefs and/or practices.

Demonstrates adequate understanding of the complexity of cultural elements.

Demonstrates partial understanding of the complexity of cultural elements.

Demonstrates surface understanding of the complexity of cultural elements.

G3: Textual Analysis

  • Analyzes textual evidence to reveal insightful patterns, tensions, and arguments in text(s)
  • Does so by aptly applying terms of literary language, critical theories, historical contexts, and/or generic conventions.
  • Analyzes evidence to reveal important patterns and tensions in the text(s).
  • Demonstrates knowledge of literary language, critical theories, historical contexts, and/or generic conventions.
  • Analyzes evidence, but not effectively
  • Demonstrates partial knowledge of literary language, critical theories, historical contexts, and/or generic conventions.
  • Lists evidence, but not organized and/or unrelated to text(s).
  • Demonstrates surface understanding of literary language, critical theories, historical contexts, and/or generic conventions.

G4: Research

  • Communicates, organizes and synthesizes information from appropriate sources to fully achieve a purpose.
  • Uses correctly and ethically all of the following: citations; paraphrasing, summary, or quoting; attention to original context.
  • Communicates, organizes and synthesizes information from sources.
  • Uses correctly and ethically: citations; paraphrasing, summary, or quoting; attention to original context.
  • Communicates and organizes information from sources, but not yet synthesized.
  • Mostly uses correctly and ethically: citations; paraphrasing, summary, or quoting; attention to original context.
  • Repeats information from sources.
  • Information fragmented and/or used inappropriately.
  • Sometimes uses correctly and ethically: citations; paraphrasing, summary, or quoting; attention to original context.

G5: Writing

Uses graceful and error-free language that skillfully communicates meaning with clarity and fluency.

Uses straightforward language with few errors that generally conveys meaning to readers.

Uses language that generally conveys meaning to readers with clarity, although writing may include some errors.

Uses language that sometimes impedes meaning because of errors in usage.

G6: Speech and Engagement

 

  • Discusses texts with an independent intellectual and civil disposition.
  • Furthers disciplinary conversations by effectively presenting ideas, listening to and engaging productively with others.
  • Discusses texts with intellectual and civil disposition.
  • Helps to maintain disciplinary conversations by presenting ideas, listening to and engaging with others.
  • Discusses texts in structured conversations to contribute to a basic, shared understanding of the text.
  • Presents ideas, sometimes simplistically.
  • Participates in discussion without reference to texts.
  • Presents ideas ineffectively.