All English degree program students who entered the program in the Fall 2004 semester or later must compile a program assessment portfolio. The completed portfolios are to be used as a tool to track each student's performance across a range of assessment tasks within the degree program, and to assess the extent to which the program itself is meeting its designated expectations and outcomes.
The portfolios will be evaluated by the English Curriculum Committee on a regular basis using the criteria listed on the evaluation rubric. Students should submit electronic copies of their portfolio essays to the department chair. The portfolios-in-progress will be kept on file electronically in the department office.
The Final Research Essay from ENG 1130: Introduction to Literary Studies. This assessment is a research project conducted at the conclusion of the students' second semester. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to analyze a text closely, to utilize secondary source material (both print and electronic) productively, to be conversant with key terms from literary history and criticism, to situate a text within its historical, literary, and/or cultural context, and to conform to the rules of standard written English.
The Writing Lesson Plan from ENG 3324: Composition Theory and Practice (BSE English students only). This assessment requires the students to devise a writing assignment appropriate for a secondary-level English class, and focuses on the students' ability to correlate specific criteria and objectives with the assignment at an appropriate grade level, to incorporate the writing process into the assignment, to devise an evaluation instrument that addresses both content and mechanics, to articulate the assignment orally, and to reflect productively on the lesson planning process itself by evaluating and critiquing each other's activities.
The Major Revision Essay from ENG 3333: Advanced Writing for English Majors, including the original, unrevised version (the unrevised version may be the essay from ENG 1130 or one of the upper division essays already included in the portfolio). This assessment requires students to revise an essay completed for a previous ENG course, and focuses on the students' ability to revise an essay effectively, to analyze a text closely, to utilize secondary source material (both print and electronic) productively, to be conversant with key terms from literary history and criticism, to situate a text within its historical, literary, and/or cultural context, and to conform to the rules of standard written English. The resulting essay should be suitable for submission to an undergraduate-level journal and/or adaptable for submission to an undergraduate-level conference.
The Major Essay from ENG 3352: Shakespeare. In this core course, students will submit an essay based on the same assignment to demonstrate their growth and development since ENG 1130.
The Research Project from ENG 4401: Seminar in Literary Studies. A substantial inquiry into a specific topic within the field of literary studies, this assessment focuses on the students' ability to analyze a text (or texts) closely; to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the available secondary source material (both print and electronic) on the topic; to incorporate key terms, theories and approaches from literary history and criticism effectively; to situate a text (or texts) within its historical, literary, and/or cultural context; and to conform to the rules of standard written English. The final project should contribute to the critical conversation on the chosen topic. The project culminates in a public oral presentation of each student's research before a university-wide audience of students and faculty.
Grade Log. The accompanying grade log is a record of the grades on the individual assessments listed above, plus two scores for BSE English students from the ENG 2225: English Grammar Final Exam and the ENG 2226: History of the English Language Final Exam. The English Grammar Final Exam, usually taken during the freshman or sophomore years, tests the students' understanding of how our language functions, their knowledge of the terms and principles of English grammar, and their ability to use the tools of grammar for communicative and pedagogical purposes. The History of the English Language Final Exam, usually taken during the sophomore year, tests the students' knowledge of the historical evolution of the language; the richness of its linguistic diversity; and its semantic, syntactical, morphological, and phonological features. Grades are automatically forwarded to the portfolio by the ENG 2225 and 2226 professor.