Advising Notes for Liberal Studies English Courses

Posted on 4/1/2016 8:20:47 AM

When advising undergraduate students into Liberal Studies English (LSE) courses, please be aware of the following information. As we have increased online, summer, and winter session offerings of LSE courses, we have collected some data that can help us predict students' best chances of succeeding in their early college literacy courses, particularly ENGL101 (Composition I) and ENGL202 (Composition II).

Early evidence leads us to recommend that:

  • Students who have taken ENGL 100 (Basic Writing) should be strongly encouraged to take a face-to-face section of ENGL 101. These students should receive the benefit of regular face-to-face contact with an instructor, support from peers in a classroom environment, and a full staff of Writing Center tutors and Library faculty.
  • Students who earn Ds or Fs in ENGL 101 or 202 should be strongly encouraged to take a face-to-face section of those courses when repeating; they should not take three-week winter or intersession sections. These students should receive the benefit of a full 14-week semester that includes regular face-to-face contact with an instructor, support from peers in a classroom environment, and a full staff of Writing Center tutors and Library faculty.
  • All students who have passed ENGL 101 should be advised to take ENGL 202 as soon as they are eligible (once they have achieved sophomore status). Initial data shows that juniors and seniors do not do as well in this course as sophomores; the content of the course, which is meant to teach students to manage sustained inquiry and synthesis skills, is most valuable to them earlier in their college career.

Please contact Bryna Siegel Finer, director of Liberal Studies English, with questions about advising students into ENGL 100, 101, 121, or 202.

Department of English