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Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment on a rolling basis. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level.
Steps to Complete Assessment
Walden’s doctoral writing assessment consists of the following steps:
1. Students complete DRWA 8000G/8001G Doctoral Writing Assessment during the second term of their doctoral program. DRWA 8000G is a free, 0-credit, 4-week course. Students will be enrolled in this course according to the following schedule:
- Students who begin their doctoral program on a full-term start will complete DRWA 8000G/8001G during their second full-term start.
- Students who begin their doctoral program on a midterm start will be enrolled in DRWA 8000G/8001G during their second midterm start.
2. Students write and submit their assessment essay in DRWA 8000G/8001G. The assessment essay must be an original paper written in response to the essay prompt in DRWA 8000G/8001G and uploaded using the academic integrity software in the course to help ensure the essay’s originality. The assessment essay is due by the end of Week 2 and is the only assignment in the course.
Students receive their assessment scores in the DRWA 8000G/8001G Gradebook by the end of Week 4. Assessors on the university’s writing assessment team assign each assessment essay a score based on the writing skills expected of incoming doctoral students at Walden University.
3. Based on their assessment essay score, students will complete zero, one, or two required writing support courses. Scores are on a scale of 0–5, with 5 indicating the highest possible score. Essay scores determine whether students will complete required writing courses as follows:
Students who do not submit an assessment essay for review or who submit an assessment essay with evidence of plagiarism as indicated by academic integrity software will receive a score of 0. Students who receive a score of 0 will complete two required writing courses in sequential order:
Students who receive an assessment essay score of 1 or 2 will complete two required writing courses in sequential order:
Students who receive an assessment essay score of 3 will complete one required writing course:
Students who receive an assessment essay score of 4 or 5 will be recommended (not required) to review instructional materials about scholarly writing on the Walden Writing Center website.
All required writing courses are designed for students to complete alongside program courses. If students are required to take one or two required writing courses, then:
- Students will be enrolled in their first required writing course by beginning of the third term of their doctoral program.
- Students will be enrolled in required writing courses at no charge with the following exception: Students who receive a U (unsatisfactory) grade during their first attempt in a required writing course must pay to enroll in the same required writing course again.
All required writing courses must be completed within 1 year of the end of the term in which students complete DRWA 8000G/8001G. If a student does not complete all required writing courses within this time, a registration hold will be placed on the student’s file until all required writing courses are complete.
Additional information about DRWA 8000G/8001G and the doctoral writing assessment can be found in the Doctoral Writing Assessment Guide at http://writingassessment.waldenu.edu. Students may also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.