awareness of specific audiences, purposes, genres, disciplines, and professions
cogent and defensible applications, analyses, evaluations, and arguments about problems, ideas, and issues
clear, well-organized, focused, and cohesive arguments
appropriate vocabulary, mechanics, grammar, diction, and sentence structure
analysis and synthesis of complex textual, numeric, and graphical sources
evaluation of evidence, issues, ideas, and problems from multiple perspectives
ethical use of source materials and clear understanding of their strengths and limitations
What constitutes eligible paper submissions?
Three submissions are required for the portfolio.
Papers may come from any writing-centered or writing-intensive course, OR from any other undergraduate course for which students have completed an appropriate writing assignment.
Only one submission is allowed from any one course.
If a student submits from ENG 1001G/1091G, the student may not submit from ENG 1002G/1092G.
Before EWP submission, it is a good idea for a student to discuss plans to submit with the instructor. Instructors have the right to indicate a particular course or assignment is not appropriate for submission.
What are the paper requirements?
at least 750 words in length, approximately 3 pages (NOTE: title pages and citations pages are not included in the minimum word count)
written by a single student, exclusively; no group project papers
written in English
written in a manner consistent with the demands of the discipline for which it was written
written as a coherent argument that connects ideas within and between paragraphs; NO lists, outlines, lesson plans and other such documents
NO creative pieces, such as poems, short stories, or plays
What can I require from students prior to submission?
Faculty may require students to provide a hard copy or the graded/marked copy of the paper prior to submission.
You may also require students to consult with you; students are encouraged to do so.
You may tell students which assignments are appropriate for submission to the EWP.
It is a good idea to include these and any other requirements on your syllabus and/or assignment sheets.
What if a student submits the wrong paper?
If there is an issue with a submission—the student submits a paper that was not written for your class or one that you said was not appropriate—please contact the EWP office and alert us to the issue.
We will contact the student and remove the paper.
What is the deadline?
All papers must be submitted the semester a student is enrolled in a course.
Students may not submit papers for courses after the semester ends.
Faculty members may set their own deadlines in their courses. On your ratings page, click "Deadlines" (calendar icon button) in the left-hand menu and set a custom deadline.
If you do establish a deadline, please alert the EWP office at firstname.lastname@example.org and include this deadline on your syllabus or assignment sheet.
How will I rate papers?
All ratings will be done online. The deadline for ratings is usually one week after finals week.
Automatic emails will be sent each week to all faculty who have papers to rate; however, you may log in to the system at any time to check for papers to read.
Simply click on the link provided or follow the link from the assessment page.
Submissions may be rated on a scale from superior to unsatisfactory.