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 Faculty Senate

The University of Montana

ASCRC Writing Subcommittee Minutes 3/9/07

Members Present: K. Kuipers, M. Medvetz, E. Reimer,

Members Excused/Absent: J. Carter, I. Crummy, N. Hinman, C. Jacobson, A. Harrison, D. Micus, J. Scott, A. Walker-Andrews

Ex-Officio Present: N. Mattina, K. Ryan

 

Communications:


Chair Hinman was out sick and there was not a quorum.

The committee briefly discussed the issue with Anthropology's addition of several courses to the upper-division writing requirement without the courses being reviewed.  The committee suggested that because it was an ASCRC oversight and the writing committee is a subcommittee of ASCRC, it should make the determination.

Members agreed to vote on the response to the Kaimin editorial electronically.  The response was printed in the Kaimin, Friday, 3/16/07.

Unfinished Business: 

The committee discussed several revisions to the requirements for lower-division and upper-division writing courses based on ASCRC comments (language below).

Next the committee will need to create sample syllabi/ guide to informal writing and discuss strategies to phase in implementation. 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m.

 

 

Requirements for Lower-Division Writing Courses

 

  • Limit enrollment to 25 students per instructor or grader
  • Identify course outcomes in the syllabus
  • Provide students with detailed written instructions, including criteria for evaluation, for all formal writing assignments
  • Require students to write frequently for a range of audiences, purposes, and genres
  • o Formal or informal
  • o Graded or ungraded
  • o In-class or out-of-class
  • Provide feedback on students' writing and give students the opportunity to revise and resubmit at least one formal writing assignment
  • Require each student individually to compose at least 16 pages of writing for assessment over the course of the semester
  • 75% of students effort involves writing
  • Base a significant portion (at least 50% of a 3 credit course or equivalent hours) of the course grade is based on student performance on writing assignments

Requirements for Upper-Division Writing Courses

  • Limit enrollment to 25 students per instructor or grader
  • Identify course outcomes in the syllabus
  • Provide students with detailed written instructions, including criteria for evaluation, for all formal writing assignments
  • Require students to write frequently for a range of audiences, purposes, and genres
  • o Formal or informal
  • o Graded or ungraded
  • o In-class or out-of-class
  • Provide feedback on students' writing and give students the opportunity to revise and resubmit at least one formal writing assignment
  • Require each student to individually compose at least 20 pages of writing for assessment over the course of the semester
  • Ensure an appropriate proportion of students effort in class involves writing
  • Base a significant portion (at least 50% of a 3 credit course or equivalent hours) of the course grade on student performance on writing assignments

Faculty Senate

The University of Montana

Missoula, MT 59812