My co-authored chapter in “Retention, Persistence, and Writing Programs” titled “How Student Performance in First-Year Composition Predicts Retention and Overall Student Success” has now been published. This was a cooperative project with Bruce Feinstein and Matthew Bridgewater.
The biggest factor we discovered was the relationship between success in writing programs and graduation. Instead of being an isolated issue safely hidden in GE, writing courses predict graduation just as well as courses in a student’s major.
The big chart for us was the following. It shows the grade earned in a single course, separated into major classes and general education writing courses.