Examples of Assessment by Institution

Yale University: In fall 2005, Yale began implementation of broad changes in its undergraduate curriculum, including a new requirement that student complete two writing courses (which can be fulfilled in courses across the disciplines).† At the same time, Yale is expanding tutorial assistance through the Writing Center and other sources of support for students.


Yale is collecting portfolios of student writing from a stratified random sample of juniors and seniors.† The University will review the studentsí portfolios to assess certain aspects of writing in the Yale College curriculum.† In addition, Yale will conduct a brief survey of experiences with writing among students from all current classes.


The project will test at least two hypotheses: first, even among students who enter Yale with very high verbal SAT scores, an early course focused on writing has a demonstrable effect on improving writing quality.† Second, the new requirement for two writing courses, combined with the expansion of support services such as writing tutorials, fosters a campus culture in which students are more likely to share their writing with others for feedback before submitting it for courses.††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††† ††††††††††††


Yale University