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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGE IN REQUIREMENTS FOR THE WRITING FLAG IN THE CORE CURRICULUM

On behalf of the Educational Policy Committee, Professor Janet Staiger (radio-television-film) has submitted the following proposed change in requirements for the writing flag in the core curriculum. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. It will be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 23, 2012.

On December 2, 2011, the Educational Policy Committee unanimously endorsed the proposed change. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval resides with UT System with formal notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council

 

Distributed through the Faculty Council website on January 12, 2012.

 

 

PROPOSED CHANGE IN REQUIREMENTS FOR THE WRITING FLAG IN THE CORE CURRICULUM

 

Change in Requirements for the Writing Flag in the Core Curriculum

Objections have been raised to the requirement that peer review be included in the writing flag in the core curriculum. Some faculty object to requiring peer review because they do not believe it is an effective part of teaching good writing, at least for them, and want it removed as a requirement in writing flag courses. Considering this matter, the Educational Policy Committee consulted with people who teach writing effectively, both those who object to the requirement and those who support it. Respecting the principle that faculty should have flexibility and academic freedom in their approaches to teaching their courses, the Educational Policy Committee recommends that peer review be encouraged but become optional. The EPC encourages faculty to include peer review in their writing flag courses but offers a revision that responds positively to the principled objections to the current requirement.

Core Curriculum (5155-5163) approved November 27, 2006

Writing
Requirement:  3 flagged courses in addition to RHE 306, RHE 306Q, or their equivalent

Courses that carry the writing flag must:

  • Require students to write regularly--several times during the semester--and to complete writing projects that are substantial. It is only through the practice of writing that students learn to improve their writing.
  • Be structured around the principle that good writing requires rewriting. Students must receive meaningful feedback from the instructor (or teaching assistant) so they can improve successive drafts.
  • Include writing assignments that constitute at least one-third of the final grade in the course. These assignments must be graded on writing quality as well as content.
  • Provide an opportunity for students to read each other's work in order to offer constructive criticism. Careful reading and analysis of the writing of others is a valuable part of the learning process.

PROPOSED:

Writing
Requirement: 3 flagged courses in addition to RHE 306, RHE 306Q, or their equivalent

Courses that carry the writing flag must:

  • Require students to write regularly--several times during the semester--and to complete writing projects that are substantial. It is only through the practice of writing that students learn to improve their writing.
  • Be structured around the principles that good writing requires rewriting and that careful reading and analysis of the writing of others is a valuable part of the learning process. Students must receive meaningful feedback from the instructor (or teaching assistant) so they can improve successive drafts. Instructors are encouraged to have students read each other’s work in order to offer constructive criticism.
  • Include writing assignments that constitute at least one-third of the final grade in the course. These assignments must be graded on writing quality as well as content.
  • Provide an opportunity for students to read each other's work in order to offer constructive criticism. Careful reading and analysis of the writing of others is a valuable part of the learning process.