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Students who start, readmit to, or change specializations into doctoral programs at Walden University in the university catalog for academic year 2017 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment. Exemptions are permitted only for doctoral students who readmit or change specializations at the proposal stage, who already have earned a completed doctoral degree from Walden University or another accredited institution, or who already are contributing faculty or core faculty teaching courses at Walden University. For the doctoral writing assessment, the proposal stage is defined as a student having completed academic coursework, including the research sequence of courses, leading up to the dissertation course in their program.
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:
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 will receive a score of 0. Students who submit an assessment essay with evidence of plagiarism as indicated by academic integrity software will receive a score of 99. Students who receive a score of 0 or 99 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 at the next available course offering after completion of DRWA-8000G/8001G. Students will be enrolled in any subsequent required writing courses at the next available course offering immediately following.
- 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.
- Students may petition once to delay completion of one required writing course by one term only. If students are required to complete two writing courses, they may not petition to delay both writing courses.
All required writing courses must be satisfactorily completed within 1 year of the end of the term in which students complete DRWA 8000G/8001G. Students who do not satisfactorily complete all required writing courses within this time will be dismissed from the university.
Additional information about DRWA 8000G/8001G and the doctoral writing assessment can be found on the Doctoral Writing Assessment website at http://writingassessment.waldenu.edu. Students may also e-mail WritingAssessment@mail.waldenu.edu for information.