ERIC Number: ED225187
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Writing Needs Assessment Survey: Rationale, Logistics and Sample Results.
The University of Lowell (Massachusetts) conducted a writing needs assessment in order to help its English department and department of continuing education systematically formulate a professional writing curriculum responsive to documented needs. Questionnaires were mailed to representatives of industries and businesses in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and to alumni in engineering, management science, and computer science. Questionnaires were also given to students and faculty members in these three fields. Sample results taken from the business and industry respondents indicated that they perceived writing skills as "important" or "critically important" in their work performance, and important in influencing advancement in their fields. In addition, they valued organization, clarity, and a clear statement of purpose in writing, and most frequently wrote memoranda, letters, short reports, and instructions. The entire results of the needs assessment will be used to help revise present professional writing courses and formulate objectives for more specialized ones. In addition to spurring curriculum revision, the assessment yielded significant increases in alumni interaction, business and industry participation, faculty development, and university involvement with the community. (A copy of the business and industry survey instrument is appended.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New England Association of Teachers of English (Bedford, NH, October 8-10, 1982).