College: Agriculture and Life Science
Department: Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications
REPORT ON RECERTIFICATION OF W COURSE: AGCJ 313
We recommend that AGCJ 313 Agricultural Media Writing I be certified as a writing (W) course for four academic years (1/15 to 1/19). 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: 100%
- Course content appropriate to the major
- Total number of words: 4000
- Instructor to student ratio for one section: 1:24
Advanced graduate students help with grading work in this class. One assistant works with each class. Students write almost every class, up to 20 assignments per term, and complete four major assignments, including a single-source news story; a multiple-source news story; a speech or news conference story; and a story on a topic of their choice. Given the nature of the course, feedback is constant. Lab assignments are graded by the faculty member and/or the teaching assistants and are returned and discussed in class—usually the next class period. Written feedback is also provided on all assignments. Instruction is delivered by lecture and class discussion and by the interaction of students working collaboratively on in-class assignments. They also take Associate Press quizzes to test their knowledge of grammar and punctuation, important for this type of course.
No significant changes have been made since original certification was granted.