Important Program Information for Students

Importance Of The First Year Writing Program At The University
Information about Class Size
Information about ABC>N Grading
Our Pledge to Students

Importance Of The First Year Writing Program At The University

The First Year Writing Program is your introduction to critical writing, thinking, and reading at the college level.  Successfully completing ENG 111 and ENG 112:

  • Makes you better prepared for the work of the university
  • Fulfills the prerequisite to all advanced writing and many upper division courses
  • Completes the university’s “English Composition” requirement
  • Makes you eligible to receive a degree from the university

When you leave ENG 112, your education in writing and academic inquiry will have only just begun.  The foundation that you build in the First Year Writing Program will be important to your success as a student at UM-Flint and to your sense of what you can accomplish as a writer and thinker in this world. 


Information about Class Size

The First Year Writing Program puts a limit of 15 students per section in a three-credit ENG 109 and 24 students per section in ENG 100, 111, and 112.  Maintaining small classes is essential to providing quality writing instruction and ensuring each student receives important feedback, therefore IT IS WRITING PROGRAM POLICY NOT TO OVERENROLL STUDENTS IN ANY WRITING COURSE.  PLEASE BE AWARE THAT INSTRUCTORS ARE NOT AT LIBERTY TO ENROLL STUDENTS BEYOND THE COURSE CAP.     


Information about ABC>N Grading

ENG 100, 109, 111, and 112 are all graded ABC>N. This means that the grade of C is the lowest grade for which credit in ENG 100, 109, 111, and 112 is granted.  If you do not earn a straight c or better, your final grade will be an N (no credit).  READ CAREFULLY THE SYLLABUS OR COURSE POLICY STATEMENT IN YOUR ELECTED SECTION AND/OR TALK WITH YOUR INSTRUCTOR TO LEARN HOW FINAL GRADES WILL BE CALCULATED.  An N signifies that you have received no credit for the course.  Earning an N grade in a course does not affect your grade point average for that semester (for more information on N grades and how multiple Ns affect progress toward degree, see the College of Arts and Sciences “Grading System” section of the Catalog).  If you earn a final grade of N in ENG 100, 109, 111, and/or 112, you will have to retake the course.

A note on Incomplete grades: Incomplete grades or “I” grades are rare in English 100, 109, 111, and/or 112.  Incompletes are granted in extreme circumstances and only after instructor and student have consulted and agreed to the terms of an incomplete. To be eligible to negotiate an incomplete, the student must be passing the course.


Our Pledge to Students

As instructors in the First Year Writing Program, we are interested in your success as writers.  We believe it is our job is to provide an environment in which:

  • You have abundant opportunity to write
  • You interact with other writers
  • You receive “frequent, timely, substantive feedback” on your work
  • You are encouraged to practice strategies for revision and rethinking and
  • You and your writing are taken seriously

[adapted from the National Council for Teachers of English standards for writing instructors: http://www.ncte.org/positions/statements/why-class-size-matters]