The "collection" option gives UH Mānoa students the opportunity to earn three credits for an FW course (English 100, 100A, 190 or English as a Second Language 100) without taking the course. [footnote*]
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WHO IS INVITED TO SUBMIT A COLLECTION?
Students will be invited to submit a Collection if they meet one of the following criteria when they enter UHM:
Students who were admitted to UHM without standardized test scores and/or who feel that they already possess the ability to write proficiently in multiple genres for academic and other audiences may also submit a collection. Students in this category must notify the Mānoa Writing Program in their first semester at UHM by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for deadlines and a formal invitation letter.
Students who decide to submit a collection will have their writing evaluated by UH Mānoa faculty members. If the faculty evaluators determine that the collection demonstrates that the competencies associated with the Foundations-Written Communication (FW) requirement have already been achieved, students will be awarded three credits, and an FW course will not be required. [Students will be charged a $15.00 administrative fee for the 3-credit FW course, which will appear on the transcript.] [footnote*]
If the UH Mānoa faculty evaluators decide that the collection does not meet the competencies, students will be advised to take English 100, 100A (Honors English), 190, or English as a Second Language (ESL) 100.
WHY SHOULD I SUBMIT A COLLECTION?
You are invited to submit a collection because the UH Mānoa faculty believe that you may have already learned most of what is covered in English 100 (or English 190). We ask you to submit a collection of writing because we need to review additional samples of your work to decide if you have already met the English 100/190 competencies.
UH Mānoa students who choose to submit a collection of writing believe they have considerable achievement as writers and could bypass the introductory composition course.
Saving your writing (or generating new pieces) and writing the cover essay will take considerable time and effort. But if your cover essay and pieces demonstrate achievement of the English 100/190 competencies, you will not have to take your assigned FW course and will instead receive three academic credits [a $15.00 administrative fee will be charged if you receive credits]. For many UH Mānoa students, putting together a collection can be worthwhile.
UH MĀNOA COLLECTION CHECKLIST
Your collection of writing must include the following:
UH MĀNOA ENGLISH 100/190 COMPETENCIES
The faculty evaluators will use the English 100/190 competencies as their guide when reviewing your collection. Your cover letter should explain how the pieces of writing you include in your collection demonstrate that you have achieved these competencies.
English 100/190 competencies:
DUE DATES FOR YOUR COLLECTION
You will have approximately six months to submit your collection. Specific due dates will be included with the letter of invitation.
The faculty evaluators read collections three times a year: March, July, and October. Results will be available approximately two weeks after the submission date.
* IMPORTANT: Check your invitation letter for exact due dates. You may choose to submit your collection by either due date given.
WHAT IF I DON'T SUBMIT A COLLECTION?
It is your choice to submit a collection. If you decide not to, there is no penalty. You will take your assigned Foundations-Written Communication (FW) course as you normally would.
* The "Collection" applies to University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) students only. Other UH campuses and community colleges do not accept UHM's evaluation of students' collections. In other words, if you submit a collection and receive credit for English 100, 100A, 190, or English as a Second Language 100, that credit is currently accepted at UHM only.