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Assessment Plan


Assessment of close reading for effective writing (CREW) at Norfolk State University will incorporate some of the assessment processes used for general education learning outcomes, as well as disciplinary program learning outcomes.  The assessment of CREW learning outcomes will be accomplished through both direct and indirect methods.  The direct method will apply to the curricular aspects of the plan, while the indirect method will use survey instruments to estimate the effectiveness of the plan. - Assessment Quick Start Guide - pdf

CREW assessment will encompass locally designed problems that will be embedded in designated general education and disciplinary courses.  The direct approach will use the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) rubrics for reading and written communication.  Professional development workshops will be designed for faculty teaching the CREW designated courses and rubric norming sessions will be provided in cases where more than one faculty is teaching a designated CREW course.  In addition, a standardized instrument (HEIgthen) designed and administered by the Educational Testing Services (ETS) will be used as a means of triangulating its results with internally generated assessment outcomes.

CREW Student Learning Goal and Student learning Outcomes

The CREW student learning goal is to develop close readers and effective writers, as defined by the AAC&U VALUE Rubrics. CREW will focus on two student learning outcomes (SLOs):

  1. Students will analyze academic texts and materials by applying “close reading” strategies.
  • Read critically to evaluate a text and recognize its implications.
  • Articulate an understanding of various interpretive reading strategies based on genres and their conventions.
  • Use needed strategies to work through different sorts of texts.
  • Discuss texts in structured ways that contribute to and enhance academic discourse.
  • Connect sources and works with their historical and/or social contexts.
  • Use texts to build knowledge and raise and explore important questions.
  • 2.  Students will demonstrate effective academic writing through “close reading” strategies.
  • Demonstrate strategic knowledge of the writing process.
  • Compose texts that clearly convey meaning through tone, style, purpose, and genre.
  • Adapt writing knowledge to new contexts, including rhetoric in digital spaces.
  • Incorporate constructive criticism of drafts in the writing process.
  • Demonstrate consideration of context and purpose when writing.
  • Cite sources in a way that is appropriate for the discipline.
  • Master the conventions of Standard American English.