Student Academic Achievement Committee

Writing/Composition

EMCC's Definition of Writing/Composition

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the subject matter by creating a focused purpose statement followed by the appropriate support to sustain the document’s focus. Students will demonstrate clarity in the organization of thoughts and use of language through the proper utilization of mechanics and the ability to cite sources.

EMCC's History of Assessing Writing

Prior to adoption of the curriculum-integrated assessment approach, composition/writing was assessed using the College Basic Academic Subjects Examination (CBASE). Composition/Writing has been the focus of assessment in the following semesters

  • Spring 2008
  • Spring 2009
  • Spring 2010

Using the new curriculum-integrated assessment approach, the faculty assessed our student writing-composition skills in 2013 and 2016.  Faculty participants collected artifacts of students' writing ability and provide them to EMCC's Writing Center, where trained writing tutors assessed our students' writing-composition skills using the EMCC Writing/Composition Rubric. Please see the attached results.  A new rubric was developed in Spring 2017 and adopted by the SAAC committee.   This new rubric will be used starting Fall 2017.  

Future of Assessing Writing/Composition

EMCC is scheduled to reassess our students writing/composition skills in spring 2019. Faculty participants will continue collecting artifacts of students' writing ability and provide them to EMCC's Writing Center, where trained writing tutors will use the EMCC Writing rubric to assess our students' work.