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Gordon Rule

At Brevard Community College, the English portion of the Gordon Rule (FL State Board of Education Administrative Rule 6A-10.030) will be accomplished through the following:

  1. ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 will be the course sequence comprising the "Six (6) semester hours of English coursework."
  2. The definition of "college-level" writing for "English . . . and additional coursework . . ." will be the following:
    • The writing will have a clearly defined thesis or central idea.
    • The writing will include adequate evidence to support the thesis or idea.
    • The writing will reflect the awareness of the conventions of standard written English such as grammar, punctuation, spelling, and word usage.
    • The writing will use clear and logical organization.
    • The writing will demonstrate the ability to synthesize and apply discipline content at the course-specific level.
    • The writing will be formatted or presented in a manner appropriate to the assignment.
    • The "multiple assignments" in ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 will be accomplished in the following manner:
    • Each course will require that a minimum of four out-of-class writing assignments be completed. One of those assignments MUST be a fully documented research paper using MLA format.
    • Each course will require timed, CLAST-like writings be completed in class as a part of the coursework.
    • Additional writing assignments as deemed appropriate by the instructor will be used to achieve the objectives of the course.
  3. "Assignments" may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Essays
    • Creative writings
    • Reports
    • Journals
    • Research papers
    • Reviews
    • Portfolios
    • Case Studies
  4. "Assignments" would NOT include the following:
    • Résumés
    • Free-writing
    • Brainstorming
    • Note taking

Implementation of Florida State Board of Education Administrative Rule 6A-10.030 ("Gordon Rule")

Beginning with the 2006-2007 academic year, Brevard Community College courses designated as "Gordon Rule" will no longer require a specific word count.

In compliance with Florida State Board of Education Administrative Rule 6A-10.030, the College will accomplish new Gordon Rule standards through designated courses in English, the humanities, social sciences, and behavioral sciences. This tactic will continue the College’s tradition of using a writing-across-the-curriculum approach in its degree programs.

Successful placement scores and/or other prerequisites are required for enrollment in all Gordon Rule writing courses. A minimum grade of "C" is required in all Gordon Rule courses.

To establish a culture of academic excellence, to maintain consistency, and to create comparable levels of rigor in all affected courses and sections, faculty will adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Writings assignments must be incorporated into the curriculum of the designated courses and must be computed in the final grade of the course in such a way that the writing component is a requirement for successful course completion.
  • Designated writing-across-the-curriculum courses must be identified as such in the course syllabus.
  • Writing assignments in the designated writing-across-the-curriculum courses must be graded according to standards expressed in the course syllabus.
  • At least one-third of the writing assignments used to meet the "multiple assignments" requirement of the Gordon Rule must be polished, edited pieces written outside of regular class time.
  • All writing assignments must be the students’ original, independently produced work.
  • Syllabi of the writing-across-the-curriculum courses will include a statement on the College’s policy regarding cheating and plagiarism.
  • All assignments must conform to standard writing practices including the following:
    • The writing will have a clearly defined thesis or central idea.
    • The writing will include adequate evidence to support the thesis or idea.
    • The writing will reflect the awareness of the conventions of standard written English such as grammar, punctuation, spelling, and word usage.
    • The writing will use clear and logical organization.
    • The writing will demonstrate the ability to synthesize and apply discipline content at the course-specific level.
    • The writing will demonstrate the ability to discriminate between credible and unreliable sources of information.
    • The writing will be formatted or presented in a manner appropriate to the assignment.
  • All writing assignments will conform to style standards appropriate to the course or discipline as determined by the instructor (i.e. MLA for English, APA for social sciences, and so forth).
  • Writing assignments used to fulfill the writing-across-the-curriculum requirement, may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Formal and informal essays
    • In-class writings with clearly stated performance criteria
    • Critical analyses of course readings, presentations, or discussions
    • Research papers
    • Creative writings appropriate to the course
    • Reports
    • Academic journals
    • Case Studies
    • Portfolios
    • Oral history assignments
    • Position papers
    • Speeches and scripts (for visual media reports)
  • Assignments that are not acceptable in meeting the writing-across-the-curriculum requirements are these:
    • Résumés
    • Note-taking
    • Free-writing or brainstorming
    • Class notes
    • Emails
    • PowerPoint presentations
    • Visual media reports without accompanying full-length script
    • Writings with extensive quotations or paraphrases
    • Personal writings unrelated to course content
    • Homework assignments with responses copied from textbooks or reading materials, with no evidence of analysis, comparison, interpretation, or other critical thinking applications.

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