Guidelines for Faculty
Writing 2-3 is a course designed to help students become better thinkers, readers, researchers, and writers. With these aims in mind, faculty should note the following guidelines:
- The readings for Writing 2-3 should be challenging and provocative, but they should not be so challenging that students have inadequate time to write. Instructors should include readings from a variety of disciplines. Readings should also be chosen with the idea that students require models for good writing.
- Instructors should devote substantial class time to writing workshops, in which they model ways for coming up with topics and structuring arguments.
- Writing instruction should include peer critiques of student work.
- Instructors should require revision and should provide guidance and feedback throughout the revision process.
- Instructors should schedule conferences with students, individually or in small groups, outside the classroom.
- Attention should be given to developing the skills of conversation and critical thinking.
- Instructors will design a research assignment and will, in conjunction with the library, provide instruction and support throughout the research process.
A grade of ON is assigned unless a student has done work resulting in a D or E. Students with a grade of ON are guaranteed to receive a grade no lower than C- for Writing 2, even if they receive a grade of D or E for Writing 3.
If a grade is D or E, that grade should be assigned at the end of fall term.
If a grade is E, the student cannot take Writing 3 in the next term and must either enroll in Writing 5 or take Writing 2 the following year.
A student will receive a grade that will be applied retroactively to Writing 2 unless a student's grade is lower than C-.
If a student's grade is D or E, the instructor must assign a final grade for Writing 2, not to be lower than a C-.
If a student fails Writing 3, s/he is allowed to retake Writing 3 if the instructor is willing; otherwise, the student must take Writing 5.
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