Document Type


Publication Date

June 2016

Publication Title

ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition






Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Engineering Education


This paper will report on a multi-year project to improve the writing skills of engineering freshmen at XXX University. For the last ten years, the college has offered an optional class to students who are not proficient in writing. Students can enroll in a one-unit lab class as many semesters as they wish to get practice in writing. The goal is to provide students with weekly writing activities that include: instruction in basic grammar, proofreading, and editing. In addition to study and practice exercises, students in this writing workshop have writing assignments, which provide practice in using correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph structure. Students have the opportunity to develop technical communication skills through written assignments such as memos, letters, and reports. For three years, the CoE has selected freshmen from each entering class as the pilot group and an additional 50 matched students as the comparison group. These students were selected based on their English Placement Test (EPT) scores. The EPT is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of entering lower-division students so that they can be placed in appropriate English composition courses. This paper will compare the achievement of the students in the writing workshops with other English-remedial students at XXX University.


© 2016 American Society for Engineering Education. This article originally appeared in the proceedings of the 2016 ASEE Annual Conference, and can also be found online at this link.
Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana.