GE A2 Student Learning Outcomes
GE A2 courses emphasize the rhetorical principles that govern reading and writing. These principles are fundamental to logical thinking and clear expression. For reading, they presume open-mindedness combined with critical thinking and analytical skills. For writing, they presume an awareness of audience, context, and purpose. Upon completion of the A2 requirement, students will be able to:
- write effectively in English;
- explain the principles and rhetorical perspectives of effective writing, including its form, content, context, and style;
- advocate for a cause or idea, presenting facts and arguments in an organized and accurate manner; and
- practice the discovery, critical evaluation, and reporting of information.
GE A2 Assessment
Proficiency in written communication in English at the A2 level (first-year composition) is demonstrated through reflection and the use of rhetorical knowledge, organization, development, language and mechanics, formatting, and documentation.
A draft of the GE A2 rubric was first developed by faculty in the Department of English in May 2018 and used for a pilot assessment of A2 in May 2019. This pilot informed revisions to the rubric, which were completed on June 10, 2019 by the English faculty members who served as assessors in the pilot project.
A2 rubric development team from the Department of English. Shown left to right: Sarah Nielsen, Dore Ripley, Michelle St. George, Sally Baxter; Dabney Lyons (not shown).
The A2 rubric is used to assess signature assignments included in the A2 portfolio, namely the reflective letter and one of the argumentative essays. These signature assignments are aligned to the rubric.
See the GE Area A2 Written Communication (First-Year Composition) Rubric here.
A summary of the results of the A2 assessment pilot is provided in the GE A2 Assessment Report 2019 here.