Sac State University Policy Manual

Writing in the Undergraduate Major - Advisory Standards

Policy Administrator: Vice President for Academic Affairs
Authority:FS 99-25A/CPC
Effective Date: 5-6-99
Updated:
Index Cross-References:
Policy File Number: FSW00010.htm


A. Excellent - a paper in this category


  • Addresses the assignment thoughtfully and analytically, setting a challenging task.
  • Displays awareness of and a sense of purpose in communicating to an audience.
  • Establishes a clearly focused controlling idea.
  • Demonstrates coherent and rhetorically sophisticated organization; makes effective connections between ideas.
  • Provides clear generalizations with specific detail, compelling support and cogent analysis.
  • Cites relevant sources and evaluates their validity, effectively integrating them into text when appropriate.
  • Displays superior, consistent control of syntax, sentence variety, word choice, and conventions of Standard English.

ESL/Dialect Guideline: Grammatical errors are rare and do not interfere with overall effectiveness of paper; occasional imprecision in word choice or usage may occur.


B.
Strong - a paper in this category


  • Addresses the assignment clearly and analytically, setting a meaningful task.
  • Addresses audience needs and expectations.
  • Establishes a clearly focused controlling idea.
  • Demonstrates clear and coherent organization.
  • Provides clear generalizations and effective support and analysis.
  • Cites relevant sources, effectively integrating them into text when appropriate.
  • Displays consistent control of syntax, sentence variety, word choice, and conventions of Standard English.

ESL/Dialect Guideline: Some grammatical errors may occur throughout the paper but do not interfere with overall effectiveness; occasional inappropriate word choice or incorrect usage may occur.


C. Adequate - a paper in this category


  • Addresses the assignment with some analysis.
  • Addresses most audience needs and expectations.
  • Establishes a controlling idea.
  • Demonstrates adequate organization.
  • Provides support for and some analysis of generalizations.
  • Cites appropriate sources, adequately integrating them into text.
  • Displays adequate control of syntax, sentence variety, word choice, and conventions of Standard English; errors do not slow the reader, impede understanding, or seriously undermine the authority of the writer.

ESL/Dialect Guideline: Grammatical errors, inappropriate word choice, or incorrect usage may occur throughout the paper but rarely interfere with effective communication.


D. Seriously Flawed - a paper in this category


  • Addresses the assignment inadequately.
  • Shows insufficient audience awareness.
  • Strays from the controlling idea or the idea is unclear.
  • Displays formulaic, random, or confusing organization.
  • Lacks generalizations, or provides generalizations with inadequate support or analysis.
  • Fails to cite sources or cites and/or integrates them inappropriately.
  • Shows deficient control of syntax, word choice, and conventions of Standard English; errors impede understanding.

ESL/Dialect Guideline: Serious and frequent errors in grammar, word choice, or usage hinder communication.


E. Fundamentally Deficient - a paper in this category


  • Fails to address assignment.
  • Demonstrates a lack of audience awareness.
  • Lacks a controlling idea.
  • Lacks organization or organizes illogically.
  • Displays inability to generalize, analyze, or support ideas.
  • Fails to use outside sources or misuses the texts of others.
  • Shows inadequate control of syntax, word choice, and conventions of Standard English.

ESL/Dialect Guideline: An accumulation of serious and frequent errors in grammar, word choice or usage prevent communication.


Guidelines for Evaluating the Writing of ESL/Dialect Students: The writing of ESL/Dialect Students should be held to native speaker standards for content and addressing the assignment. However, because certain types of errors persist in ESL/Dialect writing even at an advanced level, some accommodation for ESL/Dialect features is appropriate.