Writing Assignment Expectations

Writing Expectations Bookmark Side OneWhat Students and Faculty Should Expect

At Salt Lake Community College, students and faculty are partners working to build transformative educational experiences. Together, students and faculty create spaces of learning through activities, experiences, and assignments.  Together, the opportunity for learning thrives. 

When we feel opposed or antagonistic toward each other, the potential for learning suffers. Such opposition may be felt—by students and by faculty—when we engage with writing assignments. This may be due to differing expectations that students and faculty have of each other—and of themselves—regarding such assignments.

This document has been created to provide a path towards shared expectations for writing assignments for all SLCC students and faculty. These expectations—which have been endorsed by the SLCC Faculty Senate, SLCC Student Senate, and SLCC Student Executive Council—build from SLCC’s commitment to working together, as partners in teaching and learning, towards successful learning experiences for everyone. 

  • Students and faculty should expect that different readers often have different interpretations of the same piece of writing.
  • Students should expect that they will be made aware of writing support services at SLCC.
  • Faculty should expect that students will take writing assignments seriously and put significant effort into them.
  • Students should expect that faculty will provide them with a written document that describes a writing assignment and how it relates to course concepts and learning outcomes.
  • Faculty should expect that students will read writing assignments closely and make every attempt to understand what they are asking of them.
  • Students should expect that faculty will communicate how assignments will be evaluated and will evaluate assignments according to the stated criteria.
  • Faculty should expect that students will ask questions about writing assignments if they are unsure of the requirements or evaluative criteria.
  • Students should expect that faculty will answer their questions about writing assignments.
  • Students should expect advance notice of lengthy writing assignments.
  • Students should expect that faculty will provide rationale/feedback for an assignment’s evaluation.

This is a recommending document. It is not binding in nature, nor should it play a role in student or faculty evaluation processes.