First Year Composition

This writing assessment initiative conducted by the Department of English and the Office of Assessment Services was developed to assess the impact of NIU’s First Year Composition Program on student writing ability.  According to the NIU Department of English website, “The First Year Composition Program at NIU prepares students for participation in the academic and professional discourses that they will encounter in their undergraduate studies."

Student writing abilities are initially assessed in English 103: Rhetoric and Composition, and again in English 104: Rhetoric and Composition II. By the end of their first year, students are expected to be able to demonstrate rhetorical knowledge, critical thinking, reading and writing, knowledge of conventions, and proficiency in writing processes. 

Last Updated: 09/07/2011