Columbia Southern University (CSU) utilizes grading rubrics to communicate student expectations in regards to specific areas of an assignment. Rubrics identify all the criteria for which the student will be graded, as well as how the student can obtain each level of achievement.
Over the next couple of months, CSU will be enhancing all rubrics to further clarify and define student and faculty expectations, as identified below.
- The Discussion Board rubric will be added to the directions of Unit 1 in all Term courses that start on or after 4B16 (1/20/16). This rubric should be utilized as a resource when responding and commenting to Discussion Board questions.
Figure 1. Below is the Discussion Board Grading Rubric that will be displayed in Unit I of the course.
• The Written Response rubric will be included within the directions for all Unit Assessments. This rubric should also be utilized as a resource when completing all written response items (short essays). Students enrolled in the LifePace Learning option will be able to view the new written response rubrics in September 2015, whereas students enrolled in the Term option will begin seeing these rubrics starting in Term 4B16 (1/20/16).
Figure 2. Below are the Unit Assessment directions that provide a link to the grading rubric. Please be sure to click on this link before answering the written response item.
Both rubrics will remain consistent in all courses. Please reach out to your faculty member should you have specific questions regarding these enhancements.