Sep 18, 2018  
2018-2019 Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Catalog

English First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Program


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To qualify for a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, a student must complete two Compass core writing requirements and demonstrate writing portfolio competency.

ESL or ELL Students Enrolled in ENGL 1300 + 1305 or ENGL 1310

The First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Program advises ESL students to enroll in sections with faculty who are qualified for writing instruction for speakers whose first language is not English. Contact the First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Program Director, Ann Amicucci, at (719) 255-4040 or aamicucc@uccs.edu for ESL placement and enrollment consultations and advising.

 

Students may meet the Compass core writing requirements in the following ways: 

1.   Successfully complete ENGL 1300 + ENGL 1305 Stretch and ENGL 1410 at UCCS and then demonstrate writing portfolio competency.

       a.  Any student admitted to the university is eligible to register for ENGL 1300.

       b.  To be admitted to ENGL 1305 Stretch, students must complete ENGL 1300 Stretch with a C- or better.

2.   Successfully complete ENGL 1310 and ENGL 1410 at UCCS and then demonstrate writing portfolio competency.

        a.   To be admitted to ENGL 1310, students must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Score 19-28 on the English ACT.
    1. Score 500-690 on the Reading+Writing portion of the SAT (taken after SAT redesign of March 2016).
    2. Students with high school diplomas or GEDs, but without English ACT or SAT scores, should contact the First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Program Placement Coordinator at fywplace@uccs.edu to inquire about completing a writing placement exercise. 
    3. Early college or high school concurrent students must meet the same criteria for enrollment as all other UCCS students.

       b.   To be admitted to ENGL 1410, students must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Complete ENGL 1300 + 1305 Stretch, or complete ENGL 1310.
  2. Score 29+ on the English ACT.
  3. Score 700+ on the Reading+Writing SAT (taken after the SAT redesign of March 2016).
  4. Score 3 or 4 on the AP English Language & Composition or AP English Literature & Composition exam.
  5. Score a 4 or 5 on the IB English Literature HL Exam or score a 4 or higher on the IB English Language & Literature HL Exam or the IB English Language & Literature SL Exam.
  6. Successfully complete an approved equivalent to ENGL 1310 at an accredited college or university with a C- or better.
  7. Score 50 and receive a ‘pass’ on the essay portion of the CLEP College Composition Modular Exam with essay. (Not an option for Engineering majors.)

       c.  To demonstrate writing competency after completing the Compass core writing requirements, students must pass the Writing Portfolio Assessment. For more information, email portfoli@uccs.edu

The second Compass core writing course for each undergraduate program is listed below:
             

ENGL 1410: College of Letters, Arts & Sciences*, College of Education, School of Public Affairs, and Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences*

ENGL 2080: College of Business

ENGL 2090: College of Engineering & Applied Science

INOV 2100: Bachelor of Innovation

*Most Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences students and all College of Letters, Arts & Sciences students except Professional and Technical Writing majors take ENGL 1410. Students should check their degree plan or speak to an academic advisor for information about specific majors.

Students may transfer approved equivalents for required Compass core writing courses by successfully completing one or two semesters of writing at an accredited college or university with a C- or better. Transfer students must also demonstrate writing competency by passing the Writing Portfolio Assessment after completing their second Compass core writing course at UCCS or upon transfer of their complete core writing requirements from an accredited college or university.

The Writing Portfolio Assessment should be submitted online by registering for PORT 3000 and following the email prompts. Students who choose not to demonstrate competency by earning a ‘pass’ on their writing portfolio may alternately meet the competency requirement by successfully completing ENGL 3010 or ENGL 3080 with a grade of C- or better. 

3.  Qualify for a waiver of writing coursework through the CEEB Advanced Placement Examination.

a.  Score 3 or 4 on the AP English Language & Composition or the AP English Literature & Composition exam. A score of 3 earns credit in the state-wide Guaranteed Transfer system for CO1 (an ENGL 1310 equivalent), and a score of 4 earns credit for ENGL 1310. Next, successfully complete ENGL 1410, ENGL 2080, ENGL 2090, or INOV 2100 (depending on degree requirements), then either pass the Writing Portfolio Assessment or take ENGL 3010 or ENGL 3080 and earn a C- or better.

b.  Score 5 on the AP English Language & Composition exam to receive credit for both ENGL 1310 and 1410, and then either pass the Writing Portfolio Assessment or take ENGL 3010 or ENGL 3080 and earn a C- or better.

4.   Qualify for a waiver of composition coursework through International Baccalaureate English exams.

a.  Score 4 or 5 on the English Literature HL Exam, score a 4 or higher on the English Language & Literature HL Exam, or score a 4 or higher on the IB Language & Literature SL Exam to receive credit for ENGL 1310, successfully complete ENGL 1410, then pass the  Writing Portfolio Assessment or take ENGL 3010 or ENGL 3080 and earn a C- or better.
b.  Score 6 or 7 on the English Literature HL Exam to waive the ENGL 1310 requirement and receive credit for ENGL 1410, then pass the  Writing Portfolio Assessment or take ENGL 3010 or ENGL 3080 and earn a C- or better.

CLEP College Composition Modular Exam with Essays

Students who would like to earn CLEP credit for ENGL 1310 may take the College Composition Modular Exam with essay. Contact the First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Program Placement Coordinator at fywplace@uccs.edu for guidance. Students will first be required to take the essay portion of the exam on campus if students pass the essay portion, they will then be required to take the multiple choice portion of the test at the PPCC Testing Center. Not an option for Engineering majors.

Writing Portfolio Assessment

For information and applications, call 719-255-4038, or email portfoli@uccs.edu. A $25.00 assessment fee will be billed to all students who submit a portfolio to demonstrate writing competency.

First-Year Rhetoric and Writing Course Fees

Students are billed $10.00 per course to cover support for computer classrooms and laptop sections of ENGL 1300, 1305, 1310, and 1410. Students are billed $15.00 per course to cover support for programmatic assessment of these courses.

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