HSU Composition & Rhetoric Program’s policy is that students who do not attend the first day of class without contacting the instructor will be dropped.  Your presence is important at every class meeting.  In all cases of absence, you are responsible for any assignments due and for keeping up with course readings.   Students are required to attend 85% of all class meetings.  This means you can miss a maximum of four days in a TR section or a maximum of six days in a MWF secion.  Upon the fifth or seventh absence--sepending upon the frequency with which your class meets--you will be asked to disenroll from the class and to re-enroll for the following semester. 

If you are aware that you may have absences that will exceed these limits, you may contact the Dean of Students Randi Darnell Burke. If you are asked to disenroll, you may contact the Composition & Rhetoric Director, Lisa Tremain

Assessment Portfolio

In HSU’s First-Year Composition & Rhetoric courses, every student will end the course by creating a portfolio of their written work.  The portfolio serves as a “snapshot” of where you are as a writer in a particular moment, and because “all writers have more to learn” (Rose), this assessment is one that can inform your next steps in your writing development.  

The Purpose of the Portfolio:

The Composition & Rhetoric Portfolio at HSU is a text-based communication between you and portfolio readers. The portfolio’s communicative functions are:

  • To provide you with a process that allows you to purposefully select and present writing that demonstrates your learning of and reflection on the course outcomes;
  • To provide readers with evidence of your writing development and flexibility across a range of texts;
  • To allow readers to assess how you have applied and reflected on course outcomes; and
  • To create a timestamp of your writing knowledge at this point in your writing development.
The Composition & Rhetoric Portfolio at HSU is assessed according to the course outcomes.

Writer's Archive

The HSU Composition & Rhetoric Program requires that each student maintain a comprehensive and organized writer’s archive.  The should be an electronic folder that is stored appropriately.  This archive serves a variety of purposes: it will provide detailed evidence of your writing process; help you recognize and value the work that goes into good writing; protect you against any plagiarism charges; and create a back-up system so that lost documents will not impede your progress in the course.  The writer’s archive may consist of any or all of the following: prewriting, drafts, revisions, workshops, activities, exercises, comments from instructors, peers, and consultants, and self-evaluations.