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Professor Stefanick's Graduate Grading Rubric

GRADE RESPONSE ARGUMENT EVIDENCE ORGANIZATION QUALITY of EXPRESSION
EXCELLENT
A+ (4.0)

A (4.0)
95% +

90 - 94%
Provides fresh or penetrating analysis and/or interpretation

Effectively applies theories/ concepts to case

Insightful response to all parts of question
Has a strong and convincing thesis

Makes compelling argument – I wish it was mine

Presents other points of view, then refutes them decisively
Gives excellent support for ideas and argument

Uses many sound academic sources (books, journal articles, other peer reviewed material)
A pleasure to read - clear focus

Parts of the paper relate clearly to one another and support thesis

Excellent transition between ideas.

No tangling of related and unrelated information
Well-written sentences, no grammatical problems.

Precise word choice.

Virtually no spelling mistakes or typos.

Citations and bibliography are done properly
A- (3.7)

A (3.3)
85 - 89%

80 - 84%
Very good response to all parts of question

Uses theories

Very good analysis
Has a thesis

Conclusion reinforces thesis

Presents other points of view, then refutes them
Gives very good support for ideas and argument

Uses sound academic sources (books, journal articles, other peer reviewed material)
Reads easily

Well organized

Very good transition between ideas

No tangling of related and unrelated information.

Well-written sentences, few grammatical problems.

Very good word choice

A few spelling mistakes/typos

Citations and bibliography are done properly for the most part

GOOD
B (3.0)

B- (4.0)

C+ (2.3)
75 - 79%

70 - 74%

66 - 69%
Good response to all parts of the question

Theoretical foundation could be improved

good analysis

“Thesis” describes what paper will do, weak argument

Conclusion summarizes paper

Presents, but doesn’t refute other point of view

Good support for assertions made in the paper

Refers to a number of sources to support its arguments, but the number and quality could be improved

A pleasure to read - clear focus

Reads fairly easily

Good organization but could be improved

Relationship between parts of the paper is unclear at a few points - transition is sometimes weak between ideas

Some rambling.

Some sentence structure/grammatical problems

Some imprecise words/repetition

Spelling errors/ typos

Some citation errors

SATISFACTORY/ MINIMUM PASS
C (2.0)

C- (1.7)
63 - 65%

60 - 62%
Responds to all parts of the question

Has a theoretic foundation but needs improvement

Adequate analysis

Paper has point to make, but it is not found in the intro

Conclusion isn’t effectively linked to the thesis

Doesn’t consider other viewpoints

Quotes are related to central point but don’t effectively support assertions made

Limited number of sources, quality is questionable

Some information gaps or unrelated information that make it hard to understand in places

Some incoherence/rambling

Parts not related well with weak transition between ideas

Grammatical/paragraphing needs improvement

Imprecise words/ wordiness

Enough typos and spelling problems that the thread of argument is sometimes lost

Quotes and bibliographic citations need work

FAIL
F 59% or less Responds to most parts of the question

No theoretical foundation

Weak analysis

No thesis

Weak conclusion

Not aware of other points of view

Very little support of ideas with facts, or by reference to sources

Doesn’t cite sources for statistics or for quotes

Support is not from scholarly sources

Hard to follow

Needs a major edit

Incoherent

Relation between parts unclear, jumps from one idea to next, no transition

Major writing problems, hard to read

Imprecise language throughout, point being made is hard to understand

Many typos and spelling errors

Bibliographic citations need a lot of work

Updated November 13 2018 by Student & Academic Services

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