Department of Writing and Communication Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Writing


Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences


Star Medzerian

Committee Member

Claire Lutkewitte


Writing, for some, is seen as a predominantly subjective subject. Many standards of how writing is evaluated exist among institutions and professionals, and along with this, there are complications with fulfilling these standards because of the variety of opinions in what makes someone ready for college-level work. Because of this, it is hard for high schools, universities, and other organizations to agree on and determine one set of standards. This chapter will discuss the issue of college readiness and will introduce and discuss the need for an understanding of how college-level writing is defined among four different organizations. Then I will give an overview of each standard and look at the discussions that have arisen from professionals and educators. Lastly, this chapter will provide the overview of this study and my research questions.