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Assessment: How Are We Doing?

FWIL engages in community-driven, responsive assessment of the four FWIL learning goals to explore how we - as a teaching community - are doing in providing instruction and practice for each one. Every year, we focus on a different one, and we build methods that support our collaborative inquiry.

For more information on how FWIL does assessment, see this PDF icon PDF.


In 2017-2018, FWIL's assessment focus was on Critical Reading.

  • PDF icon Critical Reading recap and analysis of results (PDF)
  • 2017-2018 FWIL Critical Reading Fellows
    • Caroline Beer, Associate Professor of Political Science
    • Paul Besaw, Professor of Music and Dance
    • Jean Bessette, English GTA Supervisor / Assistant Professor of English
    • Thomas Borchert, Associate Professor of Religion
    • Tyler Doggett, Associate Professor of Philosophy
    • Thomas Noel, Visiting Instructor of Chinese
    • Kate Nolfi, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and the Honors College
    • Holly Painter, Lecturer of English
    • Helga Schreckenberger, Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, German, and Russian


In 2016-2017, FWIL's assessment focus was on Information Literacy. This also marked UVM's first large-scale assessment of a General Education area. Results were generally positive, while also indicating some specific areas for change and improvement.


In 2015-2016, supported by the Office of the Provost, FWIL conducted a pilot for International sections of ENGS1. Results were quite positive from the faculty perspective, with more mixed reactions from students.

  • PDF icon Focus Group Report (PDF)
  • FWIL Multilingual Writing Fellows:
    • Sean Abrams, Graduate Teaching Assistant of English
    • Sheila Boland Chira, Senior Lecturer of English
    • Emily Crist, Library Assistant Professor / Instruction Librarian
    • John Mango, Graduate Teaching Assistant of English
    • Rebecca McLaughlin, Lecturer of English
    • Libby Miles, Director of Foundational Writing and Information Literacy / Associate Professor of English
    • Deborah Noel, Senior Lecturer of English
    • Benjamin Sienicki, Lecturer of Education / Global Gateways


In 2012-2013, the First-Year Writing Advisory Committee conducted a thorough mixed-methods feasibility pilot for teaching Foundational Writing and Information Literacy through the multiple pathways of ENGS1, HCOL85, and TAP seminars. Their conclusion: yes, with some important caveats. Read more about the FWIL pilot and the team who conducted it.