{AGEC 429 Agricultural & Food Policy}

College: Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department: Agricultural Economics
Type: W
Status: Approved


Proposer: Fred Boadu
Number: 5-4911
Email: f-boadu@tamu.edu

Proposal
Syllabus

REPORT ON RECERTIFICATION OF W COURSE: AGEC 429

We recommend that AGEC 429 Agricultural and Food Policy be certified as a writing (W) course for four academic years (1/14 to 1/18). We have reviewed a representative syllabus and have determined that the course meets or exceeds the following criteria:

  1. Percentage of final grade based on writing quality: 47%
  2. Course content appropriate to the major
  3. Total number of words: 3000
  4. Instructor to student ratio for one section: 1:25

Since original certification was granted, a full-time instructor has been hired to teach this course with additional help from three graduate students who assist in grading and with instruction. Students write twelve weekly essays of 250 words each, all on agricultural policy. Because the essays are all in the same genre and are spaced throughout the semester, students are not required to produce drafts for feedback. However, they are guided by rubrics, which they receive before they write each essay, and they receive formative feedback on drafts for the first few assignments. Lectures, some provided by their department writing center, and the review of models, are included for instruction.