Transitions to College Writing

New students have the opportunity to begin thinking about how they will be transferring their writing knowledge from high school to college.

Tell us about yourself

Rather than make assumptions about what you learned about writing before New College, we want you to tell us yourselves!

We are interested in hearing from incoming first year students about your relationship with writing, your own writing processes, and your writing in high school.

We will use what you tell us to better design and/or recommend courses and programs that will help you take what you already know about writing and apply, adapt, or repurpose that knowledge for the New College context.

To participate in this study, you will be asked to:

  • Complete an anonymous survey.
  • Read one short but highly entertaining article we provide and participate in an online discussion with other incoming New College students.

The whole study will take you an hour or less complete (including reading time!), and you will have until the first week of classes, but we recommend knocking it out early if you can!

Why Participate?

We want to give our new students the opportunity to begin thinking about how you will be transferring your writing knowledge from high school to college. Even better, by participating in the online discussion, you get to know some of your classmates and a few charming Student Writing Assistants from the Writing Resource Center before you arrive on campus.

Get Started!

All you need to get started can be found on our Canvas “course” called “Class of 2020 Transitions to College Writing Study.”

Simply log into Canvas from the invitation email using your NCF account login or log in from the community page and click the Canvas icon. You should automatically be enrolled!

We look forward to hearing from our new [New] students!
If you have any questions, let us know!

Dr. Jennifer Wells, Director of Writing – jwells@ncf.edu
Alexandra Maass, Assistant Director of Writing – amaass@ncf.edu

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Rhetoric and Writing

Students who pursue a secondary field AOC in Rhetoric and Writing will read and write about writing; writing is both a tool for thinking and communication, and also an object of study in and of itself. Through coursework, the required professional experience, and the culminating e-portfolio, students will develop transferable strategies that are applicable to their primary AOC(s) as well as their chosen careers.

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