Faculty Writing Survey

The following questions are designed to give you an opportunity to describe your work with student writing and your perceptions of the quality of student writing. Your responses will help the University Writing Committee determine how it can best serve as an ally for faculty, program administrators, and staff seeking to create the most effective possible learning environment for UNI students.




Freshman classes
Sophomore classes
Junior classes
Senior classes
Graduate classes

Liberal Arts Core Courses
Undergraduate Major Courses
Graduate Courses

Liberal Arts Core Courses
Undergraduate Major Courses
Graduate Courses



Ability to focus content and make a consistent point
Ability to explore content in sufficient depth
Ability to use organization and connections to help readers process information
Ability to use an appropriate level of formality and an audience-appropriate voice
Ability to choose words to maintain precision and interest
Ability to use sources ethically and document according to required style guidelines
Ability to integrate source material smoothly and with purpose
Ability to control sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation
For seniors in your program, overall ability to write in a manner consistent with the expectations of employers in your field

LAC courses provide inadequate preparation for writing in the majors LAC courses provide excellent preparation for writing in the majors


Mastering standard, edited English
Expressing ideas in a focused, coherent way
Exploring ideas in depth
Using source material without plagiarizing
Learning the conventions of scholarly writing
Applying course content in creative ways
Improving fluency and confidence when writing

Courses in my department provide inadequate preparation for writing in the discipline Courses in my department provide excellent preparation for writing in the discipline


Mastery of standard, edited English
Supporting a central thesis in a consistent way
Supporting ideas in sufficient depth
Using source material without plagiarism
Demonstrating mastery of course concepts
Following the writing conventions of your discipline
Using cohesive devices such as topic sentences and transitions
Demonstrating original thought and insight

Not at all satisfied Very satisfied



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