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ERIC Number: ED346487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Writing Assessment in the Department of Mathematics at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Birken, Marcia
The goal of writing assessment in the Department of Mathematics at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is to assure that students can communicate about mathematics or statistics in a manner appropriate to their future careers. A five-member writing committee, composed of mathematics faculty, assess students at three different times during their four-to-five years of college study. During the first stage of assessment, students take a sequence of seminars in which they do many informal and a few formal writing assignments, one of which is assessed by the writing committee. In the second stage students must satisfactorily complete two theoretical courses which require students to write competently in the symbolic language of mathematics. In the final stage of assessment students write an in-depth technical report in an upper-division mathematics course. The committee assesses the papers as pass or fail based on effective communication at a level acceptable in a business environment. Students cannot graduate until their papers pass the final stage of assessment. Ongoing discussions in the writing committee address occasional problems in the evaluation system. Students who enter RIT as freshmen have a clear understanding of the goals of the writing policy. Transfer students, limited-English-speaking, and hearing-impaired students often experience difficulty with the requirements of the writing committee and need additional support. Virtually all mathematics majors find additional corroboration for the writing policy among their employers. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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