Evaluation and Academic Statement Resources
Writing About Your Evergreen Education: An Introduction
Evergreen is unique as a college in using a narrative system to assess student learning and achievement rather than letter or number grades. Because many of these narratives are pieces of writing that you will participate in constructing, you will have many opportunities to gain self-awareness through reflecting on your learning. By writing reflectively about your academic interests, strengths, challenges, and triumphs from your admissions process until you graduate, you will be able to document your evolution as a learner. And, while you build self-awareness through writing, your Faculty will also be able to gain insight into how to best offer you mentorship through reading your reflective writing on my.evergreen.edu.
Seniors! Let's do the Academic Statement together!
FINAL ACADEMIC STATEMENTS DUE FRI., JUNE 15, 2018
SPRING 2018 SCHEDULE
Receive individualized support to achieve your goals.
Sessions @ the Writing Center, LIB 2304
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Sessions @ the Trans and Queer Center
Walk in on Mondays from 6 - 8 pm
Group Writers' Rooms
Writing tutors host a focused space—you write! Depending on group needs, tutors will share helpful techniques and offer ongoing support & motivation.
Academic Statement Writers’ Room @ LIB 2302d
WK 7: Thursday, 5/17: 6-8 pm
WK 8: Tuesday, 5/22: 4-6 pm
WK 9 : Thursday, 5/31: 6-8 pm
WK 10: Tuesday, 6/5: 4-6 pm
WK 10: Thursday, 6/7: 6-8 pm
Eval Wk: Thursday, 6/14: 3-5 pm
Open Writers’ Room @ Flaming Eggplant
Through Wk 10: Wednesdays, 3-5 pm
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The Final Academic Statement
The Final Academic Statement gives graduating seniors the opportunity to reflect on and communicate in writing their interpretation of their entire undergraduate education at Evergreen to an outside audience. This audience is comprised of anyone who requests your transcript, which can include future employers or graduate school admission boards. It is a formal document that is included in your transcript, and it is positioned after the College's description of itself as an institution and a listing of your course titles and credits, and before your Self- and Faculty-Evaluations. Through reading your Academic Statement, your readers should be able to understand what was significant about your undergraduate education and in what ways you have grown through your academic experiences. This statement of no more than 750 words is the only document required for you to include in your transcript.
As in writing the Annual Academic Statement, in writing the Final Academic Statement you are encouraged to reflect on and communicate how you have navigated the choices presented by your undergraduate studies. You can draw on all of your previous reflective writing to support you in writing this summary.
To support students in writing their annual revisions, Faculty in Fall Quarter programs of 8 credits or more offer 6 hours of in-class support. During Mentoring Day, hosted by the Mentor Council every Week 7, students can schedule one-on-one meetings with Faculty to review their Annual or Final Academic statements.
For more information about the Academic Statement’s requirements, process, and support, visit the Academic Statement website. For more on how to write your Academic Statement, visit Writing an Academic Statement. For information about how transcripts work at Evergreen, visit Registration and Records at Library 1101 at the Olympia Campus or read Hacking Your Transcript: How to Intentionally Shape Your Transcript So It Will Serve You - Caryn Dudley (former Writing Center tutor and administrator).
The Annual Academic Statement Revision
Annual Academic Statement Revisions give current students (first-year through Juniors) the opportunity to reflect on their learning over the course of the academic year.
As you pursue your undergraduate degree, you will come to several points where you will be making decisions. In writing an Annual Academic Statement, you are encouraged to reflect on and describe the choices you've made over the year, as well as your achievements, goals, struggles, and triumphs. You are encouraged to highlight patterns and trends you see in yourself as a learner as they have emerged over multiple quarters and possibly multiple areas of study. Once you are a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior, you can start to weave in how you've grown since your first year at Evergreen, and write on themes in your education that are present or changing from year to year.
You can use your Annual Statement to support you in writing your Final Statement. Your future Faculty will be able to access your your Annual Academic statement revisions via my.evergreen.edu. They will use it to understand how to best mentor you when you are a student in their programs.
Students are required to submit an annual revision of their Academic Statement Week 7 of Spring Quarter. There is no minimum or maximum word limit.
To support students in writing their annual revisions, Faculty in Fall Quarter programs of 8 credits or more offer 6 hours of in-class support. During Mentoring Day, hosted by the Mentor Council, students can schedule one-on-one meetings with Faculty to review their Annual or Final Academic statements.
Self-evaluations give current students the opportunity to reflect on their learning in a particular program or course.
In writing Self-Evaluations, you are encouraged to reflect on your performance within the program, find connections and themes within the program, and reflect on the significance of your learning.
Because they are required at the close of every program (8 credits or more), Self-Evaluations serve as frequent check-in points for your educational story. Your Self-Evaluations reflect where you in your thinking and what you are focused on as you complete one set of studies and prepare for another. You can use your Self-Evaluations to help you write your Annual and Final Academic Statements. If you choose to include them in your transcript, they will be positioned side-by-side with your Faculty's evaluation of you for each program.
Faculty-Evaluations give current students the opportunity to reflect on the ability of their Faculty to facilitate their learning within a particular program or course.
In writing Faculty-Evaluations, you are encouraged to reflect on the performance of your Faculty in: leading you to find connections and themes within the program, providing you with access to material that furthered your growth, mentoring you to become a more skilled learner, writer, and thinker, and more.
Your evaluation of their work can help Faculty understand how to improve their techniques, material selection, and more. Faculty-Evaluations are also used to provide student feedback when Faculty are renewed for their contracts.
Your Transcript and Your Academic Story
By the time you graduate, you will have co-constructed a detailed report with Faculty members you worked with on how you approach your life in learning: you will have generated evaluations of yourself (Self-Evaluations) evaluations of your Faculty (Faculty-Evaluations) and your Faculty will have generated evaluations of you. You will have reflected on yourself as a learner at the transition points between programs and at the end of each Academic year (Annual Academic Statement Revisions).
For your final transcript, you will confirm the submission of your Self Evaluations and your Final Academic Statement to highlight how you have grown and how your academic journey has impacted you over time. Your Self-Evaluations and your Final Academic Statement join the evaluations that your Faculty have written about you to comprise your transcript, which will tell the story of your Academic career at Evergreen.
Read Hacking Your Transcript: How to Intentionally Shape Your Transcript So It Will Serve You - Caryn Dudley (former Writing Center tutor and administrator).