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Learning Objectives

1. An understanding of the conventions - the codes and rules - that govern how we, as a culture, write and interpret literature
2. An understanding of the different literary genres. In the ONU English program the range of genres extends from journalistic articles and essays to poetry, fiction, drama and film
3. An awareness of the history of literature, especially English and American, as a context for individual works
4. An understanding of concepts of literary criticism
5. An ability to apply different critical theories
6. An ability to write critically about literature according to current conventions and theories
7. A knowledge of the English language, its history and grammar
8. An ability to use research materials and follow an accepted publication style sheet (in this department, the MLA format)
9. An inter-disciplinary awareness of texts in English through a study of another language or additional perspectives in philosophy or history


In spring 2006-07, the faculty within the department of English utilized the CoursEval system to enter evaluation data from all first-draft WRITING ASSIGNMENTS of student work from lower- and upper-division English courses. Using a common evaluation rubric, faculty assigned a rating (on a four-point scale) for each student's first draft for the following rubric criteria: content, documentation, focus, organization, style and mechanics. A copy of the scoring rubric is attached. For the upper-division courses, the majority of which are taken by majors within the department of English, a total of 54 students from four sections were evaluated. Learning objectives one through six are measured with this assessment.

Students present their SENIOR CAPSTONE PROJECTS in a presentation course that follows the new workshop course in their senior year, where they expand their research, write, revise and polish their writing. Under the guidance of a faculty member, the group establishes a collaborative community to critique each other's projects and offer suggestions for revisions and publication opportunities. Students must complete a reading from their project of at least 20 minutes and take questions from their departmental peers and a group of faculty members. The faculty uses a rubric with five criterion items to score the student's presentation. Evaluation ratings are averaged, and comments are provided to the student; this material forms the basis for their grade in the presentation course. All learning objectives are measured with this assessment.

Annual Reports on the Assessment of Student Learning

Follow the links below to view the full text of the reports for each academic year.


Institutional Research

Sue VanDyne

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