ERIC Number: ED153217
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Exemption, Predictive Validity, and Rhetoric 1101 and Rhetoric 1102: A Report to the Dean of the College of Agriculture, University of Minnesota.
McDowell, Earl; Walzer, Arthur E.
The University of Minnesota's rhetoric department surveyed other Big Ten universities for the procedures used by those schools to exempt students from the required freshmen writing course and analyzed data about students in their own required rhetoric courses (Rhetoric 1101/1102). The school survey shows that nine Big Ten schools have required writing courses, that individual schools exempt from 4% to 90% of their students from the writing requirements, and that the schools rely primarily on students' performance on either the American College Testing Program's English Test or on the verbal scores in the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in their decisions to exempt students from required courses. The results of the student data analysis, however, show a significant positive relationship between success in Rhetoric 1101 and high school English grades, high school percentile rank, high school grade point average, and scores on the verbal portions of the preliminary SAT. No significant correlations were found to exist between any of the variables used in the study and Rhetoric 1102. As a result of the data collected, procedures for exempting students from the rhetoric courses are recommended and listed. (RL)
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Note: Report prepared at the University of Minnesota