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y cant they rite?: Integrating Writing Assessment Across the Undergraduate Political Science Major
Unformatted Document Text:  y cant they rite?: Integrating Writing Assessment Across the Undergraduate Political Science Major Dr. Shala A. Mills Chair, Department of Political Science Fort Hays State University Hays, Kansas 67601 785-628-4425 ## email not listed ## and Dr. Bryan E. Bennett Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science Fort Hays State University Hays, Kansas 67601 785-628-4425 ## email not listed ## Abstract This paper explores common issues affecting undergraduate writing, offers suggestions for strategies designed to improve overall writing effectiveness in a meaningful and purposeful way, and provides examples of steps taken by the Department of Political Science at Fort Hays State University to incorporate intentionality and purpose towards the mission of improving effective student writing throughout the political science curriculum. The ideas, concepts, adopted writing assessment rubric, and incorporation of a writing track within the department are the product of substantial reflection, research and experimentation. Readers are welcome to borrow any of the materials presented herein should they desire to implement a similar program within their course or department. Presented at the 2008 American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference San Jose, CA February 22 nd -24 th 2008. Mills and Bennett (FHSU) Page 1 February 2008

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y cant they rite?:
Integrating Writing Assessment Across the
Undergraduate Political Science Major
Dr. Shala A. Mills
Chair, Department of Political Science
Fort Hays State University
Hays, Kansas 67601
785-628-4425
## email not listed ##
and
Dr. Bryan E. Bennett
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Fort Hays State University
Hays, Kansas 67601
785-628-4425
## email not listed ##
Abstract
This paper explores common issues affecting undergraduate writing, offers suggestions for
strategies designed to improve overall writing effectiveness in a meaningful and purposeful way,
and provides examples of steps taken by the Department of Political Science at Fort Hays State
University to incorporate intentionality and purpose towards the mission of improving effective
student writing throughout the political science curriculum. The ideas, concepts, adopted writing
assessment rubric, and incorporation of a writing track within the department are the product of
substantial reflection, research and experimentation. Readers are welcome to borrow any of the
materials presented herein should they desire to implement a similar program within their course
or department.
Presented at the 2008 American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference
San Jose, CA February 22
nd
-24
th
2008.
Mills and Bennett (FHSU)
Page 1
February 2008


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