Rubric Goal Reflection

As you design your Goal Reflection Essay, please use the following standards to guide your work. These represent the particular criteria that your instructors will be looking for and giving you feedback at mid-semester, and final grading. For each of the following five design criteria, your instructors will rate your design as “best” (fully meeting the criteria), “needs work” (partially meeting the criteria), or “poor” (not meeting the criteria):

  • Title – Does your essay have an expressive title?
  • Quality of Multimedia – Do you use text accurately and effectively? If you use images and other media, do you also use them accurately and effectively?
  • Identification of Original Goals – Does your essay identify and describe the goals you included in your program application?
  • Reflection on Changes in Original Goals – Does your essay clearly explain how and why your original goals have changed or stayed the same?
  • Word Length – Is your essay about 500 words? Remember, this is both an upper and lower limit!

Common issues

  • Watch your Focus – Do not write a revised goal statement.
  • Jargon & Acronyms – Remember that people outside your program or workplace might not understand all the terms and acronyms you use. It’s always a good idea to “spell out” an acronym (like MAET or MAED) the first time you use it, and you should also consider defining terms that aren’t commonly used.
  • Stick to Goals – We have no doubt that you’ve made a lot of changes over the course of your program, and we’d love to hear about all of them, but we’re specifically interested in your goals and how they have changed.
  • Add a Link to a PDF – Think about adding a link to a PDF copy on this page so that viewers have the opportunity to read your essay in an alternative format (and this makes for easier printing if someone wanted to print your essay).
  • Avoid PDF-only access – An additional link to a PDF is great, but it cannot replace a web-page version of your essay. If you’re going to do one format, put your essay on a webpage. If you want to go that extra step, add an additional option for a PDF (but don’t replace your webpage with it).