Correlations Between Motivating Factors and Performance on the Writing Sample

Students submitted a writing sample, which a colleague and I evaluated for IL and CT performance using a modified version of the AAC&U VALUE Rubrics for IL and CT. Interestingly, only one significant correlation (mild; negative) appeared. Under my advisor’s guidance, I discarded that correlation as “noise.”

The positive side of this finding is that we can think of all of these motivating factors in terms of how they appeal to all students, rather than in terms of higher or lower performers. We can confidently use the idea of careers, for example, and know that it appeals to students whose skills are at a wide range of developmental levels.