The student learning outcomes governing WRITE are:
- Students are able to distill a primary purpose into a single, compelling statement.
- Students are able to order major points in a reasonable and convincing manner based on that purpose.
- Students are able to develop their ideas using appropriate rhetorical patterns (e.g., narration, example, comparison/contrast, classification, cause/effect, and definition) in response to their specific rhetorical situation.
- Students are able to employ standard diction, syntax, usage, grammar, and mechanics.
- Students are able to manage and coordinate basic information gathered from multiple sources.
These competencies follow from:
- The April 2000 Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition by the Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA);
- The common communication learning outcomes, corresponding closely to the WPA statement, of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) General Education Program begun in fall 2004; and
- A modified and narrowed list of the TBR outcomes adopted, with TBR approval, by the TSU composition faculty for its pilot of a General Education Assessment Plan (Appendix 5) beginning in 2008-2009.