Assessment is an integral part of the first-year writing program. It is how we discover what is working well, where we need to grow and improve, and how we might provide new kinds of experiences for students and instructors.
Each year, we read and assess student writing from all first-year writing courses. Most often, instructors submit three anonymous, random, and complete student portfolios from each section of English 90, 101, and 102; the portfolios are then read by instructors of these courses so that we can understand what students are learning in our courses. Every year, the Director of First-Year Writing compiles an Assessment Report that describes our findings, we set new program goals and priorities.