College: Mays Business School
Michelle Chandler Diaz
REPORT ON RECERTIFICATION OF W COURSE: ACCT 407
We recommend that ACCT 407 Auditing be certified as a writing (W) course for four academic years (9/16 to 9/20). We have reviewed a representative syllabus and have determined that the course meets or exceeds the following criteria:
- Percentage of final grade based on writing quality: 33%
- Course content appropriate to the major
- Total number of words: 3775
- Instructor to student ratio for one section: 1:29
ACCT 407 gets support training graduate assistants from the Mays Communication Lab. Students write five emails, two case studies, and two essays. The two case studies are written collaboratively, but students each complete a portion of the work individually and are held accountable for their portion. Students have the option of getting formative feedback in conferences with the instructors or graduate assistants. The five email assignments are graded in a timely manner so students can use feedback from one to prepare for writing the next, and they also help students prepare for other writing assignments. Students are required to have a conference with the graduate assistants, the instructor, or the Mays Communication Lab for the two essay assignments. Instruction includes discussion about writing issues and of samples, guest lectures from the Mays Communications Lab, and editing exercises.
No significant changes have been made since original certification was granted.