University Writing Program Outcomes

Virginia Tech’s University Writing Program outcomes reflect a long-standing relationship to national standards for high quality writing instruction in accordance with the WPA Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition. The latest version of the outcomes, shown above, continues this tradition, while updating program outcomes to bring them into alignment with the most recent iteration of the WPA Outcomes (3.0) as well as the Framework for Success in Post-Secondary Writing. Five core principles are based on contemporary research on threshold concepts for rhetoric and composition/writing studies. Threshold concepts name key ideas that pinpoint the habits and practices effective writers enact across different composing situations. Course outcomes for ENGL1105: First-year Writing: Introduction to College Composition and ENGL1106: First-year Writing: Writing from Research operate interdependently with the five core principles and yet are distinct for the two courses in the sequence. Instructional staff use the core principles and the course outcomes to design lessons, to plan and focus projects, and to assess student projects and portfolios. Students may use the principles and outcomes to gain a sense of what to expect in first-year writing classes at Virginia Tech, to reflect upon their writing in the program, and to guide their writing in other classes at Virginia Tech.

ENGL1105 Outcomes with Descriptors

Principles + 1105 OutcomesDescription
Rhetorical knowledge You will have practiced using language consciously and identifying rhetorical qualities in composing situations. 
Writing processes You will have engaged in invention, drafting, and rewriting, providing explicit evidence of a writing process.
Genre conventions You will have demonstrated awareness of academic writing genre conventions, including mechanics and syntax.
Multimodal transformation You will have adapted your writing to distinct rhetorical contexts, drawing attention to the way composition transforms across contexts and forms (e.g., visual, oral, and digital).
Reflective practice You will have applied feedback from instructor, peers, and individual reflection to rethink, re-see, and ultimately revise your work.

ENGL1106 Outcomes with Descriptors

Principles + 1106 Outcomes Description
Rhetorical performance You will have enacted rhetoric by consciously constructing persuasive texts tailored to matters of audience, purpose, context, and timing.
Research processes You will have practiced different research methods, which includes analyzing and using sources and developing primary research.
Style conventions You will have developed awareness of conventions of academic research processes, including documentation systems and their purposes.
Multimodal design You will have composed written, oral, and digital texts, gaining awareness of the possibilities and constraints of oral presentations, visual literacy, and electronic environments.
Reflective interaction You will have shared your work with your instructor, peers, and/or the university community and accounted for the impact of such interaction on composition.

For more resources related to ENGL1105 or ENGL1106, visit the textbook page, the resources page, the document gallery, or contact the Composition Program leadership team.

These outcomes were approved by the Composition Committee in December 2018; they became effective Fall 2019. For additional information, please direct inquiries to any member of the program’s leadership team.

University Writing Outcomes Guidesheets (COGs)

The program leadership team developed a series of University Writing Outcomes Guidesheets (COGs), which were created to provide an orientation to these beacon concepts, their definitions, classroom applications, and selected scholarly sources for their study. The guidesheets are posted here and in the Document Gallery for your convenience. We consider these to be dynamic documents that will be updated each year.

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