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Course Sequence

Suggested CB 21 LEVEL Coding for courses below transfer courses

CB21-4 levels below

CB21-3 levels below

CB21-2 levels below       

CB21-1 level below

single course developmental sequence


2 course

developmental sequence

Basic Writing


3 course

developmental sequence

English Skills

Writing Fundamentals


4 course

developmental sequence

Basic Vocabulary and Grammar

Writing II

Writing III

Writing IV

5 course developmental sequence

Writing Fundamentals

Paragraph Writing

(two courses coded on one level)

Introduction to Reading and Writing Skills

Improving Writing and Reading Skills

Introduction to College Level Reading and Writing

The transfer level writing course description was developed primarily from the IMPAC English Composition English 1A descriptor. The purpose of this project is to direct coding, not to comprehensively cover all curricular components; the rubric is both simplified and universal.

Every course will not fit perfectly on the rubric. There will be nuances in local institutional practices. Therefore, courses should be coded where they mostly fit; realizing they may not fit entirely into a specific level. The goal is to code the courses in order to capture student success and progress in each higher level course.

It is acceptable to have two courses on one level. It is acceptable to have fewer levels of English courses than described. About 50% of the institutions surveyed have fewer levels, but we wanted to give every opportunity to track student success in the other 50% of institutions that have 4 levels.

Because the rubrics are not prescriptive we have not included details such as grammar and word count. This rubric is intended to guide coding based on general curricular outcomes, not as rubrics to grade students or to change curriculum. The rubric does not does not attempt to include best pedagogical practices (such as reading strategies and the writing process), these robust discussion should occur in local English departments.

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