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First-Year Writing Program Core Values at a Glance

The seven core values of the Rowan University First-Year Writing Program were developed by the General Education Subcommittee of the Department of Writing Arts over a period of two years and were first implemented in Fall 2007. Based on this set of core values, specific goals and outcomes statements were written for the three courses in our sequence, Improving Personal Writing Skills, College Composition I and Integrated College Composition I, and College Composition II. Student work in these courses is evaluated on the basis of these goals and outcomes statements. The descriptions below are broad explanations of the intent of each goal and apply to all courses.

Upon completion of the First-Year Writing Program course sequence, students will:

Core Value I. Understand that writing is a multi-stage, recursive and social process.

College-level writing requires time for information-gathering, development, organization, expression, and reflection. Writers should seek feedback from other readers and revise in response to that feedback.

Core Value II. Understand that writing is shaped by audience, purpose, and context.

College-level writing should have an authentic message. Writers should make choices in their writing to effectively communicate their message.

Core Value III. Understand how texts represent meaning and how the processes of writing and reading create and interpret meaning.

College-level writing involves complex rhetorical and textual strategies. Writers should be able to analyze texts and explain what they mean and how they achieve their meaning.

Core Value IV. Understand the conventions of academic writing and Standard Written English and the contexts in which adherence to these standards is expected.

College-level writing is generally formal and should be well-edited. Writers may sometimes depart from the academic style, but should have a specific reason for choosing to do so.

Core Value V. Understand the role and use of information in writing.

College-level writing values and draws upon the expertise of others. Writers evaluate the quality of this information and actively interpret it based on their own knowledge and experience.

Core Value VI. Understand the principles and practices of academic honesty.

College-level writing acknowledges the work of others as their intellectual property. Writers always attribute ideas or information to the sources from which they were taken and clearly distinguish this material from their own observations and interpretations.

Core Value VII. Understand the power and ethical responsibility that come with the creation of written discourse.

College-level writing addresses serious and complex topics. Writers strive to be perceptive, credible and respectful in their views.