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Seton Hall University2017 Institution Survey

Institutional requirements and goals–Writing Requirement

Does your institution have a writing requirement?

What does the writing requirement at your institution consist of?

First-year composition predominately taught by English and/or Writing department (FYC)

Writing-intensive courses that are located throughout the curriculum (W courses)

Are there curricular requirements that are not part of the writing requirement but that have writing as an explicit goal?

What curricular requirements have writing as an explicit goal?

Senior capstone or thesis for some or all students

Is oral communication a component of an institutional writing requirement?

Oral communication is a separate general education requirement.

Institutional requirements and goals–College Writing Goals

Are there institution-wide student writing goals?

Have the goals been influenced by the WPA Outcomes Statement?

Are the goals assessed at the institutional level?

What are other approaches to assessment of institutional goals?

How writing will be assessed at all levels is still being figured out.

Institutional requirements and goals–Writing Committee

Does your institution have a writing committee?

Who serves on the committee?

First-year writing administrator

Faculty across the disciplines

Who else serves on the writing committee?

There is a reading/writing proficiency committee comprised of the FYC director and someone from another discipline.

Institutional requirements and goals–National Survey of Student Engagement

Does your institution administer the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)?

How does your writing program use the NSSE data?

Institutional requirements and goals–Changes to Writing Program

Were there changes to the writing requirement since the academic year 2012-13?

Were there changes to the assessment of writing at your institution since the 2012-13 academic year?

Which changes took place in regards to assessment?

A college-wide assessment was added.

Do you foresee changes at the institutional level to the sites of writing on your campus over the next four years?

What type of changes to the institutional sites of writing do you foresee in the next four years?

Changes to assessment

Changes to the administrative structures

Changes to expand the writing program or sites of writing on campus

Changes to the types of staffing

If you foresee changes to the institutional sites of writing do you foresee in the next four years feel free to explain.

I expect WAC to be seen as a way of organizing and enhancing assessment, as a way to channel assessment findings into curricular changes on the departmental level.

First-Year Writing–General Description

Does your institution have a first-year writing requirement, whether explicit or embedded?

What is the institutional home for first-year writing?

How would you describe your first-year writing requirement? Check all that apply. See Glossary for definitions.

First-Year Composition (FYC)

First-Year Writing–First-Year Composition: Placement & Transfer

In the academic year 2016-17, how many students took FYC?

Does your institution accept alternative credit for first-year composition?

If your institution accepts alternative credit for FYC, which mechanism is used? Check all that apply.

What percentage of students in AY 2016/17 received alternative credit for a FYC course?

Is there a placement mechanism for FYC?

If there is a placement mechanism for FYC, what is it? Check all that apply.

What percentage of students in AY 2016/17 placed out of a FYC course?

First-Year Writing–First-Year Composition: Goals

Are there explicit goals for FYC?

If there are explicit goals for FYC, are the goals informed by the WPA Outcomes Statement?

How are the FYC goals assessed? Check all that apply.

First-Year Writing–First-Year Composition: Delivery Methods

In AY 2016/17, did your institution offer face-to-face sections of FYC?

In AY 2016/17, did your institution offer online sections of FYC?

In AY 2016/17, did your institution offer hybrid sections of FYC?

During the academic year 2016-17, what percentage of sections of FYC were face-to-face?

During the academic year 2016-17, what percentage of sections of FYC were online?

During the academic year 2016-17, what percentage of sections of FYC were hybrid?

First-Year Writing–First-Year Composition: Staffing

Who has primary responsibility for administering the FYC requirement? See the Glossary for an explanation of these terms.

Beside the person who has primary responsibility for administering FYC, how many graduate students, staff members, or faculty members have administrative responsibilities for FYC?

In the 2016-17 academic year, what percentage of sections of face-to-face FYC were taught by FT, tenure-line faculty in the English Department?

In the 2016-17 academic year, what percentage of sections of face-to-face FYC were taught by FT, tenure-line faculty in the rhetoric/composition department or program?

In the 2016-17 academic year, what percentage of sections of face-to-face FYC were taught by FT, tenure-line faculty from departments besides English and rhetoric/composition?

In the 2016-17 academic year, what percentage of sections of face-to-face FYC were taught by FT, non-tenure line faculty in the English Department?

In the 2016-17 academic year, what percentage of sections of face-to-face FYC were taught by FT, non-tenure line faculty in the rhetoric/composition department or program?

In the 2016-17 academic year, what percentage of sections of face-to-face FYC were taught by FT, non-tenure line faculty from departments besides English and rhetoric/composition?

In the 2016-17 academic year, what percentage of sections of face-to-face FYC were taught by PT faculty (hired by the English Department)?

In the 2016-17 academic year, what percentage of sections of face-to-face FYC were taught by PT faculty (hired by the rhetoric/composition department or program)?

In the 2016-17 academic year, what percentage of sections of face-to-face FYC were taught by PT faculty (hired by another department/program)?

In the 2016-17 academic year, what percentage of sections of face-to-face FYC were taught by graduate students in English?

In the 2016-17 academic year, what percentage of sections of face-to-face FYC were taught by graduate students in rhetoric/composition?

In the 2016-17 academic year, what percentage of sections of face-to-face FYC were taught by graduate students from departments outside English and rhetoric/composition?

In the 2016-17 academic year, what percentage of sections of face-to-face FYC were taught by the first-year writing director?

In the 2016-17 academic year, what percentage of sections of face-to-face FYC were taught by Other?

First-Year Writing–First-Year Composition: Training

For FYC, what types of initial training is provided? Check all that apply.

FT-TT English/ Writing Faculty FT-TT Faculty from other disciplines FT-NTT English/ Writing Faculty FT-NTT Faculty from other disciplines Part-Time Faculty Graduate Students
Required Course
Required Workshops
Optional Course
Optional Workshops
Individual Meetings with Director
Weekly Staff Meetings
Monthly Staff Meetings
No training is provided
Other Yes Yes Yes Yes

Do those attending initial training receive additional compensation or course credit?

For FYC, what types of on-going professional development is provided? Check all that apply.

FT-TT English/ Writing Faculty FT-TT Faculty from other disciplines FT-NTT English/ Writing Faculty FT-NTT Faculty from other disciplines Part-Time Faculty Graduate Students
Attend Conferences Yes Yes Yes
Present at Conferences Yes Yes Yes
Access to Professional Journals
Outside Speakers
Required Weekly Meetings Yes
Optional Weekly Meetings
Required Monthly Meetings Yes Yes
Optional Monthly Meetings Yes
Workshops or In-Service
Meetings with Director
Other

First-Year Writing–First-Year Composition: Curriculum

Which type of scheduling does your institution follow?

Is there a common syllabus for the first or only semester of FYC?

What is the content for the first or only semester of FYC? Check all that apply.

What is the content for the first or only semester of FYC? Check all that apply – Other – Text

We still have a “general writing” progression that include three papers, one analyzing a text, one analyzing a visual image, and a slightly longer research paper. The readings are relatively short nonfiction pieces.

Is there a common syllabus for the second semester of FYC?

What is the content for the second semester of FYC? Check all that apply.

What is the content for the second semester of FYC? Check all that apply – Other – Text

Three papers are assigned, all about literature; one is a research paper.

How many semesters of FYC are required?

First-Year Writing–First-Year Composition: Course Caps

In the academic year 2016/17, what was the enrollment cap for Regular sections of the first or only semester of face-to-face FYC?

In the academic year 2016/17, what was the enrollment cap for Basic Writing sections of the first or only semester of face-to-face FYC?

In the academic year 2016/17, what was the enrollment cap for Regular sections of the second semester of face-to-face FYC?

First-Year Writing–First-Year Seminar: Curriculum

How many semesters of FYS are required?

First-Year Writing–Changes to First-Year Writing

Since AY 2012/13, have there been changes to the first-year writing requirement at your institution?

Since AY 2012/13, have there been changes to the first-year writing placement mechanism or how alternate credit is granted at your institution?

Since AY 2012/13, have there been changes to the first-year writing assessment at your institution?

Since AY 2012/13, have there been changes to the first-year curriculum or enrollment caps at your institution?

Since AY 2012/13, have there been changes to the administration or staffing of first year writing at your institution?

Do you foresee changes to the administrative, curricular, or support structures of first-year writing at your institution over the next four years?

If you foresee changes to the administrative, curricular, or support structures of first-year writing at your institution over the next four years, feel free to explain. -TEXT-

I think the first semester of the writing requirement will become more aligned with rhetorical/genre studies approach; we are piloting sections now. We are starting to make headway, very slowly, with a WAC program, which will also involve more systematic assessment of the reading/writing proficiency required by the University.

Upper Level Writing Courses–Upper Level Writing Courses: General

How many specific writing course(s) beyond the first year does your institution require all students to take? For example, such a course could be a sophomore or junior-level course taught by English or writing faculty. We are NOT asking about writing-intensive courses. The WAC section of the Census will ask about those courses.

Upper Level Writing Courses–Senior Culminating Experience

Does your institution require ALL students complete a senior thesis or other writing-intensive capstone experience?

Does your institution require SOME students complete a senior thesis or other writing-intensive capstone experience?

What are the criteria for some students to complete a senior thesis?

The requirements vary by department.

Honors students are required to complete a thesis.

Upper Level Writing Courses–Changes to Upper Level Writing

Since AY 2012/13, have there been changes to the requirement for writing courses beyond the first year (not writing-intensive)?

Writing across the curriculum (WAC)–General Description

Does your institution have a formal WAC Program?

Is there professional development available for those teaching in the WAC Program or teaching WI courses?

If faculty attend a seminar or workshop, how are they compensated?

They receive food at the event.

Writing across the curriculum (WAC)–Writing-Intensive Courses

Does your institution require all students to take writing-intensive (WI or W) courses taught by departments other than English or Writing? See Glossary for definitions.

How long has the WI requirement been in existence?

How many WI courses are required beyond the first-year requirement?

How many WI courses are part of a first-year requirement?

When do WI courses need to be completed?

By end of sophomore year

Are there explicit goals for the WI courses?

What are the criteria for a WI course?

Number of pages or words written

Time discussing writing In class

Written or verbal feedback from instructor

Percentage of course grade in writing

Who certifies that a course fulfills WI designation?

Are there incentives offered for faculty to teach a WI course?

Which incentives are offered to faculty to teach WI courses?

In academic year 2016/17, what was the course cap for WI courses?

Writing across the curriculum (WAC)–Changes to WAC

Do you foresee any major changes to WAC on your campus in the next four years?

Feel free to explain any upcoming changes.

A WAC Working Group met last year to put together a proposal for a WAC program. Although it has not been officially approved yet, we are moving forward under the auspices of the Center for Faculty Development and the Core Curriculum Committee to do writing assessment during students’ first three years and to support that assessment work through faculty development. That is, we will be able to assess papers submitted by students taking writing-proficiency-infused courses. Faculty development will support both writing instruction and assessment work.

Seton Hall University

Located in South Orange, New Jersey, Seton Hall University is a Roman Catholic university enrolling approximately 5,200 undergraduate students and 4,400 graduate students. It the largest and oldest Catholic institution of higher learning in the state of New Jersey, and the oldest diocesan university in the nation.

Seton Hall is organized into eight distinct colleges and schools: the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Education and Human Services, the Stillman School of Business, the School of Health and Medical Sciences, the Whitehead School of Diplomacy, the Immaculate Conception School of Theology, the Seton Hall University College of Nursing, the School of Law, and SetonWorldWide. All together, Seton Hall offers undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate degrees in 70 disciplines.

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Seton Hall University now offers distance online programs through its school of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. Online degrees are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Seton Hall also offers post baccalaureate certificates online. Online undergraduate degrees are offered in nursing and database visualization. Online graduate degrees are offered in education, strategic communication, counseling, human resources, nursing, health systems administration and law. Post baccalaureate certificates are available in healthcare administration, strategic communication, special education, k-12 supervision and great spiritual books.

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Creative Writing

If you love telling stories, envisioning new worlds and tinkering with syntax, you might be a creative writing major. This program teaches students the art and craft of poetry or fiction writing. It also emphasizes literature, because no one becomes a great writer without first consuming great literature. This degree can take you many places. Our creative writing alumni now work in writing, editing, teaching, public relations, law and media jobs. They also pursue Master of Fine Arts programs or doctoral studies.

Corner Pocket

Corner Pocket, our student literary magazine, was founded in 2014. Published once a year, the magazine features fiction and poetry. Students can earn valuable editorial and publishing experience participatin in its production and marketing. For more information, e-mail [email protected]