The Business Writing Evaluation

The Bauer Experience is a program designed to introduce incoming business students to Bauer College and to prepare them with the professional skills necessary for a career in business. The program uses a combination of workshops and seminars along with an online component in WebCT/Vista, GENB 2301. This Vista component includes five Learning Modules:

  1. Bauer College;
  2. Business Process and Functional Areas;
  3. Careers in Business;
  4. Business Protocol;
  5. Effective Communication.

Modules 1, 2, 3, and 5 must be completed before a student can file a degree plan.

Learning Module 5 Contents:

Prompts: starting in Fall 2010, the Business Writing Evaluation (BWE) will feature new prompts.Find out more by clicking on this link.

Rubric: the scale of standards that will be used to evaluate your writing (click on link to see the rubric)

A Brief Review of the Fundamentals of Writing: multimedia presentations of the essentials to help you prepare for the BWE

Quizzes (mandatory): covering BWE Policies and Fundamentals of Writing (students must achieve passing scores before they are eligible to sign up for a BWE date; multiple retakes are allowed)

Practice Test (optional)

BWE/Writing Center Scheduling: this link will appear once you have successfully completed the mandatory quizzes. You will need to have a Cougar 1 ID card with an HA/HE identification number to sign up for your BWE date.

The Business Writing Evaluation (BWE), the major requirement of Module 5, is a timed writing assignment designed and rated by the UH Writing Center to measure the basic communication skills and writing competence of students entering undergraduate degree programs in the C. T. Bauer College of Business. Students will receive one of three ratings:

  • Scores of 3, 3.5, or 4: the BWE requirement is met (no further requirements)
  • Scores of 2 or 2.5: the BWE requirement is met, but with a recommendation (no further requirements, but follow-up with the UH Writing Center is recommended to improve writing skills)
  • Score of 1 or 1.5: referral to the BWT (student is required to begin the Business Writing Tutorial the following semester)

Prerequisites for taking the BWE are successful completion of English 1303 and 1304 (Freshman Composition I and II) or their equivalent. You must also take and pass the mandatory quizzes in the WebCT/Vista module before scheduling your exam.

Academic Honesty Notice: students taking the BWE are subject to the requirements for academic honesty described in the University of Houston Student Handbook. Students who violate the terms of this policy will have their scores nullified and will be subject to disciplinary action.

Testing Accommodations Notice: students with documented disabilities on file at the Center for Students with DisABILITIES may arrange for testing accommodations by presenting the BWE proctor with their Student Accommodations Form (SAF).