ULL Writing Program Outcomes Aligned with Habits of Mind in the "Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing

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In this table, I have matched one or two habits of mind from the Framework with each of our writing program outcomes and explained how the habit(s) apply to each writing outcome.

Outcome

Habit(s) of Mind (from the Framework statement)

Outcome with Habit(s) Integrated

Engage in writing as Creativity – the ability to use a recursive process novel approaches for generating, investigating, and representing ideas. Persistence – the ability to sustain interest in and attention to short- and long-term projects. Recognize the structures of argument Metacognition – the ability to reflect on one’s own thinking as well as on the individual and cultural processes used to structure knowledge.

Willingness to try new processes and continue working on writing projects even through difficult periods (example: revising to address criticism on drafts)

Ability to explain rhetorical techniques, appeals, and strategies: explaining why an argument is rhetorically effective or ineffective.

Use writing and Curiosity – the desire to reading for learning, know more about the world. thinking, and communicating Respond to the needs Responsibility – the ability to of various audiences take ownership of one’s actions and understand the consequences of those actions for oneself and others. Discuss appropriate Flexibility – the ability to voice, tone, and level adapt to situations, of formality expectations, or demands.

Willingness to take an interest in class reading assignments and writing projects and connect one's class writing and reading to material in other classes and settings. The understanding that what we say and write has consequences, the willingness to comprehend and meet readers' needs, and the sensitivity and empathy to inhabit audiences' perspectives. The understanding of academic discourse conventions and expectations and ability to speak and write as an academic and as other roles.

Integrate their ideas with those of others

Openness – the willingness to The willingness to be open to others' ideas in consider new ways of being and the research process without a predetermined thinking in the world. position, and the ability to write in a way that demonstrates this openness and engagement Engagement – a sense of (example: summarizing counterarguments investment and involvement in fairly and responding to them respectfully) learning.

Note: Most of our writing program's outcomes are from the WPA (Council of Writing Program Administrators) Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition; they also contributed to the Framework.