About First Year Composition @ CI

The First Year Composition program at CSU Channel Islands helps students fulfill their general education requirement for English Writing (A-2). The program also offers courses that students can take to fulfill the G.E. requirement for oral communication (A-1) and critical thinking (A-3).

Since its inception in 2003, the program has been built on the three cornerstones that place students at the center of the learning experience: Directed Self Placement (as an alternative to the CSU’s English Placement Test (EPT), Stretch Composition (as an alternative to remedial composition courses) and Holistic Team Scoring (to assure consistent and fair assessment of all student writing and the program as a whole).