The Writing Proficiency Requirement
To graduate from Millsaps College, all students must complete the Writing Proficiency Requirement. In other words, before you can receive your diploma, the Writing Proficiency Requirement must be completed.
The Writing Proficiency Requirement consists of two parts:
Part 1: Four Steps to Completing Your Writing Portfolio:
Year 1, First semester
Year 1, Second Semester
Year 2, Semesters 3 and/or 4
All students must submit papers 5 and 6 with completed cover sheets to the Writing Program Office in John Stone Hall.
NOTE: When you have submitted the required 6 papers, Part 1 of your Writing Proficiency Requirement (completion of your Writing Portfolio), is satisfied. However, to fulfill Part 2 of the Writing Proficiency Requirement, your portfolio must also be assessed as proficient.
Part 2: Portfolio Assessment
Explanation of Guidelines and Procedures
Year 1, First Semester
During your first semester at Millsaps, you will attend the required Core 1 course - either IDST 1000 (for first-year students), or IDST 1050 (for non-traditional and transfer students). In Core 1, you will write at least 3 papers. Your Core 1 professor will ask you to submit clean copies of these 3 papers at the end of the semester. Your Core 1 professor will then assess (See Core 1 Evaluation Form) your writing on a scale ranging from "Well below" to "Well above Proficient" and submit your folder (provided by the Writing Program), containing the 3 papers and completed evaluation form, to the Writing Program Office in John Stone Hall. Note: A copy of the assessment is also sent to your advisor, whom you may ask for insight into your initial writing proficiency status.
If your Core 1 professor has serious concerns about your writing proficiency status at this point, you may either be recommended or required to take an additional writing course, WritProg 1000: Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric (See "Further Guidelines and Procedures"). Note: If you have not been recommended or required to take WritProg 1000 but want to continue working on your writing, you can choose to take WritProg 1000. In addition, at any point in your writing process - while taking any course or writing for any purpose, including personal statements for graduate school - , individual tutoring sessions are available in the Writing Center.
Year 1, Second Semester
Students required to take Core 3 or Heritage: During your second semester at Millsaps, you will enroll in either a Core 3 Topics course or the second semester of Heritage. In each course, your professor will designate a paper as the one to be assessed for the portfolio. Your professor will then assess (See Core3/Heritage evaluation form) this paper, consulting your Core 1 assessment in order to see if your writing continues to improve. Both this paper and its assessment will then be added to your portfolio on file in the Writing Program Office.
Students NOT required to take Core 3 or Heritage: Students from IDST 1000 (for first-year students) or IDST 1050 (for transfer students) who have completed their Core requirements elsewhere must submit 3 papers written at Millsaps to their Writing Portfolios, in consultation with the Director of the Writing Program. The 3 papers may come from any courses taken at Millsaps, including a Core 6-9 or any appropriate course from the Science Division or the Else School of Management. These 3 papers, in addition to the 3 submitted from IDST 1000 or IDST 1050, will complete your portfolio. However, to fulfill the Writing Proficiency Requirement, your portfolio must also be assessed Proficient.
Year 2, Semesters Three and Four
You will need to submit two papers. At least one of those papers must come from a course in Core 6-9 or any appropriate course from the Science Division or the Else School of Management. The other paper may come from any course taken at Millsaps College. These 2 papers, in addition to the 3 from Core 1 and Core 3 or Heritage, will complete your portfolio. However, to fulfill the Writing Proficiency Requirement, your portfolio must also be assessed Proficient.
Procedure for Submitting Papers:
NOTE: The responsibility for submitting the required papers to your portfolio is yours. If your portfolio has not been completed by your 5th semester, your pre-registration or registration may be blocked. In addition, if your Writing Proficiency Requirement has not been met by your senior year, you may not be permitted to take Senior Seminar, and ultimately, you may not be allowed to graduate.
Assessment Procedure (See "Evaluation Form")
Once your writing portfolio is complete (contains the 6 required papers), it will be assessed by the Writing Program Director.
NOTE: If your Writing Proficiency Requirement has not been met by your senior year, you may not be permitted to take Senior Seminar, and ultimately, you may not be allowed to graduate.