Writing 2 Grading Policy & Rubric
Adopted by the Writing Program 9/01
Final grades given in Writing 2 are comprehensive. They account for all aspects of a student's work over the quarter -- the conceptual work of reading, thinking, and writing; the cooperative work of participating in a writing community; and the procedural work of completing reading and writing assignments, meeting deadlines, and attending class, writing group meetings, and conferences.
Writing Program faculty members will determine a student's final grade by considering all of his or her work at the quarter's end. During the quarter, students will receive written assessment and advice concerning what their work has accomplished and how it can be improved rather than letter grades on individual assignments.
Note: The final grade of D in Writing 2 grants credit towards graduation, but it does not satisfy the Rhetoric and Inquiry (C2) General Education Requirement. Students who receive the grade of either D or F must repeat Writing 2 to satisfy the C2 requirement.
A (or P)
The grade of "A" is appropriately given to students whose preparation for and execution of all course assignments (for example, reading, in-class discussions, presentations, group projects, informal writing, essay drafts, and revisions, etc.) have been consistently thorough and thoughtful. In addition, by the end of the quarter students who earn an "A" are consistently producing essays that are ambitiously and thoughtfully conceived, conscious of the demands of a particular assignment, purposeful and controlled, effectively developed, and effectively edited.
B (or P)
The grade of "B" is appropriately given to students who have satisfactorily completed all class assignments, although some of these efforts may have been more successful than others. By the end of the quarter, students who earn a B are consistently producing essays that are clearly competent in that they meet the demands of assignments, are controlled by an appropriate purpose, are sufficiently developed, and are accurately edited. A "B" performance may well reveal areas of strength that are not sustained throughout.
C (or P)
The grade of "C" is appropriately given to students who have fulfilled course requirements although, in some instances, minimally so. By the end of the quarter, students who have earned a "C" have provided sufficient evidence that they can produce focused, purposeful writing that satisfies the demands of an assignment, is adequately developed, and is carefully edited although, in some instances, achieving that standard depended on multiple revisions.
D or (NP)
The grade of "D" is appropriately given to students whose work has been unsatisfactory in some significant way: they have not completed all the course requirements and/or their essays have not yet achieved the level of competency described in the Writing Program's standard for passing work in Writing 2. Students receiving a "D" must repeat Writing 2 to satisfy the C2 requirement.
F or (NP)
The grade of "F" is appropriate for students whose work in Writing 2 is so incomplete or so careless that it does not represent a reasonable effort to meet the requirements of the course.