Writing Good Assignment Descriptions

Concern about the quality of student writing is ongoing and not without justification. Faculty are addressing the problem with more writing assignments and a concerted faculty effort to improve student writing across the curriculum. Authors Allison Rank and Heather Pool, who during their graduate work directed a political science writing center, laud these faculty efforts but point out that faculty are not looking carefully at their writing in the assignment descriptions they give students. “We…

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