1. Turner, Douglas M. PhD, RN, CNE, NEA-BC

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Faculty can evaluate whether a student displays required concepts in a well-written assignment quickly, while evaluating a poorly written assignment can be time-consuming and tedious. The If-Then rubric is a strategy that requires students to address poor writing skills as they occur and contains 2 levels of faculty evaluation. First, faculty complete a quick review of the paper to determine if it reflects adequate (passing) writing skills, including organization of content. If it does, then faculty move to the second level of the rubric and provide feedback on the assignment grading criteria. However, if the writing skills and organization of content do not reflect a passing grade, then the paper is returned to the student, who has 1 opportunity to revise and strengthen the writing. The rubric contains generic feedback requiring the student to strengthen the writing and resubmit, and faculty provide a short narrative summary of the major issues to be addressed. Students usually have 3 to 5 days to resubmit the assignment and are encouraged to work with available writing resources during that time. The resubmitted paper is evaluated in the same manner, and if it reflects adequate writing skills, it is graded with a 10% reduction in total possible points. If it does not reflect adequate writing skills, it is graded with a 20% to 50% reduction in total possible points. This type of rubric encourages students to identify and improve writing deficiencies. The rubric template is provided in Supplemental Digital Content,