April 23, 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Track 1: Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
Track 3: Student Engagement and Persistence
Banishing the “Red Pen of Death”—Writing Assessment to Empower Learning and Growth

Writing rubrics often foster a mindset based on correction and fault-finding. This deficit approach may discourage students who have already had negative experiences with writing. We need to transform writing assessment to better align with the deep learning outcomes we value and with student engagement, persistence, and success. Together, we will build a better rubric.

Eileen Camfield
Director of Writing Programs
University of the Pacific
Eileen McFall
Director, Learning and Academic Assessment
University of the Pacific