- Courses fulfilling the Composition proficiency requirement should
- emphasize formal instruction in writing that integrates reading, thinking, and writing skills transferable to a wide variety of college courses and experiences students will encounter;
- include at least a full semester sequence of frequent and regular writing assignments that build sequentially on students' ability to read critically, summarize, apply, analyze, and synthesize what they have read, discussed, and researched;
- emphasize the development of students' ideas in the context of ongoing cultural, scholarly, and professional "conversations," clarity of expression, and organization, in addition to correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and citation;
- involve rigorous draft feedback and evaluation using appropriate rubrics.
- Courses approved for the Writing: English Composition requirement must have extensive and well-conceived systems for course development and review and for the preparation and ongoing supervision of all instructors.
- Courses approved for the requirement must be taught in section sizes that permit directed rewriting and careful evaluation (25 or fewer).
- Such courses are to be distinguished from Intensive Writing courses beyond the 100 level in which students typically learn formats and conventions particular to specific disciplines and professions and/or use writing as a way of understanding particular course concepts. Courses approved for the English Composition requirement will serve as prerequisites for such Intensive Writing courses.
- Currently no courses fulfilling the English Composition requirement have been approved for meeting any other Common Ground requirement.