Student Learning Outcomes for Composition I/II

Writing instructors representing English departments in Kansas public institutions of higher education are informed by a number of governing bodies and best practices, including the "WPA Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition," the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) Core Outcomes for Composition 1 and Composition 2, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Written Communication VALUE Rubric.

Adopted November 5, 1999; revised September 15, 2006. Updated July 15, 2017.

Introduction

These statements describe the common knowledge, skills, and aptitudes sought by composition programs in Kansas higher education. This document intentionally defines only outcomes, or types of results, and not standards, or precise levels of achievement. The setting of standards is left to specific institutions or specific groups of institutions.

Learning to write is a complex process, both individual and social, that takes place over time with continued practice and informed guidance. Therefore, it is important that teachers, administrators, and a concerned public do not imagine these outcomes can be taught in reduced or simple ways. Helping students demonstrate these outcomes requires expert understanding of how students actually learn to write.

Student Learning Outcomes for Composition I (EG 101):

Upon completion of EG 101, students will:

  1. Apply key rhetorical concepts purposefully through analyzing and composing a variety of texts.
  2. Create texts that respond to a variety of rhetorical situations (purpose, audience, context).
  3. Analyze the effectiveness of texts by the use of rhetorical devices (ethos, pathos, logos, kairos).
  4. Locate and evaluate primary and secondary research materials.
  5. Integrate their own ideas effectively and ethically with those from rhetorically appropriate sources with appropriate citation conventions.
  6. Apply revision strategies on all major written texts.
  7. Critique their own process and development as a writer.
  8. Apply the conventions of standard edited American English.

Student Learning Outcomes for Composition II (EG 102)

Upon completion of EG 102, students will:

  1. Apply key rhetorical concepts purposefully through analyzing and composing a variety of texts.
  2. Create texts that respond to a variety of rhetorical situations (purpose, audience, context).
  3. Locate and evaluate primary and secondary research materials.
  4. Integrate their own ideas effectively and ethically with those from rhetorically appropriate sources with appropriate citation conventions.
  5. Synthesize various texts effectively with their own ideas to produce original scholarship.
  6. Apply revision strategies on all major written texts.
  7. Critique their own process and development as a writer.
  8. Apply the conventions of standard edited American English.