Courses and Placement

Courses and Placement

Courses and Placement

Rowan students are required to complete two composition courses to fulfill their general education requirements as part of the Rowan Core Program: the first is either College Composition I (COMP 01111) or Intensive College Composition I (COMP 01105), and the second is College Composition II (COMP 01112). Our program also offers a developmental writing course for students who need foundational support to succeed as writers, Foundations for College Writing (COMP 01103).  We place students into appropriate courses based on SAT or ACT scores (see below), or by administering a departmental placement essay exam. These measures ensure that students are appropriately prepared for the courses’ expectations and that they receive the support they need to be successful in their academic careers.

 

SAT: EVIDENCE-BASED READING AND WRITING SCORE
College Composition I: 510 or above
Intensive College Composition I: 440 - 500
Foundations for College Writing: 430 or below

ACT: ELA SCORE*
College Composition I: 20 or above
Intensive College Composition I: 16, 17, 18, 19 
Foundations for College Writing: 15 or below

*The ELA score is derived from the English, Reading, and Writing sections.

These scores reflect past students’ outcomes based on historical scores and performance in our courses. Although standardized tests provide only a “snapshot” of student writing skills, these scores have proven reliable predictors of student preparedness for our courses.

 

Alternative Placement:

Alternative Placement: The Writing Placement Exam

We emphasize test scores in placing students in our courses, but our program recognizes that test scores do not necessarily represent a student’s writing ability and that personal factors can affect test scores. Students who do not have SAT/ACT scores or who feel their placement score underrepresents their writing ability can ask to have their placement re-evaluated through our program placement essay. There is no fee for this exam.

For this essay exam, students respond to one of two department-created prompts. Students have an hour to write the essay (with extended time for students who need it), and we evaluate the essay using department-developed criteria that reflect the expectations of our courses.

​During Summer 2020, we are offering the placement test by email. Contact the Coordinator of the First-Year Program at fyw@rowan.edu for more information about this exam or to schedule an exam.

Transfer Students

Transfer students with 30 credits or more are exempted by University policy from basic skills requirements. However, a transfer student with 30 or more credits who doesn’t have credit for College Composition I will need to either share their SAT or ACT scores with the First-Year Writing Program or take the First-Year Writing Program placement exam so that we can determine which version of Composition I will better serve the student.  Students could be placed into Intensive College Composition I or College Composition I, both of which fulfill the first of two General Education/Rowan Core writing course requirements.

Advanced Placement

Students with a score of 4 or higher on the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam can receive credit for College Composition I (COMP 01111) and move directly into College Composition II (COMP 01112). AP exam results must be submitted to the Registrar’s office.

COURSES

COMP 01101 Pre-College Writing (Developmental)

Pre-College Writing is a preparatory, pass/fail writing course that introduces students to college-level writing practices. The First-Year Writing Program developed the course to support the ASCEND program’s pre-college summer institute. It is an abbreviated version of Foundations for College Writing, and course credits do not count towards graduation. Students who are successful in this course move on to either Foundations of College Writing (Comp 01103) or Intensive College Composition I (Comp 01105) based on the recommendation of the instructor.

Placement:
SAT, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 430 or below
ACT, ELA: 15 or below

COMP 01103 Foundations for College Writing (Developmental)

Foundations for College Writing introduces students to college-level writing and to composing practices that emphasize multi-stage writing through multiple modes of composition and reflection. It provides an intensive focus in grammar and mechanics within the context of students' writing, and it guides students to produce focused and coherent writing. Students successful in this course move to Intensive College Composition I (COMP 01105).

Placement:
SAT, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 430 or below
ACT, ELA: 15 or below

COMP 01105 Intensive College Composition I

Intensive College Composition I is a four-credit course that provides students additional time and support to develop the same writing competency required of College Composition I. It is an equivalent of College Composition I and fulfills the first of the two-course general education requirement. Students successful in this course move on to College Composition II (COMP 01112).

Each semester, we designate some sections of Intensive College Composition I as Studio Courses. These sections meet one regular class meeting per week in small-group tutoring sessions with a designated Writing Center tutor.

Placement:
SAT, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 440-500
ACT, ELA: 16-19

COMP 01111 College Composition I

College Composition I introduces students to a variety of writing forms and emphasizes writing as a recursive process of exploring, researching, drafting and revising. Students produce purposeful, literate, well-developed, and informed writing that requires critical reading, thinking, and writing activities. The course also emphasizes responsible evaluation and use of information. This course fulfills the first of the two-course general education requirements, and students who are successful in this course move on to College Composition II (COMP 01112).

Placement:
New SAT, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 510 or above
ACT, ELA: 20 or above

COMP 01112 College Composition II (CCII) (Prerequisite Comp 01105 or Comp 01111)

College Composition II builds on the concepts and approaches in College Composition I or Intensive College Composition I (prerequisites for CCII). It emphasizes argumentation and information literacy. The course introduces students to argumentative strategies, asks them to identify and analyze forms of argumentation, and requires them to write a variety of well-researched and ethically responsible arguments. Students work to become independent researchers who can find relevant information from a variety of sources (both academic and non-academic, traditional text and digital) and evaluate and present that information to an academic audience. This course fulfills the second of the two-course general education requirement.

*AP Credit: Students who score a 4 or 5 on the AP English Language & Composition exam receive credit for COMP 01111 and meet the prerequisite for College Composition II (COMP 01112).