You will read a short newspaper editorial and write a 500-word essay in response to a specific prompt.

How to complete the Writing Assessment Process

You will read a short newspaper editorial and write a 500-word essay in response to a specific prompt. Please read all instructions before beginning to write your essay. Upon submission, two Writing Specialist will assess your essay independently from one another. The results of the assessment will determine whether you place out of the AWS or are required to take the course. You will b

Essay Assignment

Please respond to one of the prompts below:

1. Read the following editorial: “Dementia behind bars”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/opinion/dementia-behind-bars.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&p

The New York Times editors argue that in order to address the rising caseload of aging inmates in need of mental health care “states must pursue other avenues.” Please discuss how federal and state agencies can best address the rising mental health costs of the aging inmate population.

2. Read the following editorial: “End the charade: Let athletes major in sports”

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http://chronicle.com/article/End-the-Charade-Let-Athletes/135894/

David Pargman argues that institutions of higher education should stop imposing on college athletes academic majors that are irrelevant to their aspiration to become professional athletes. Write an essay that considers the pros and cons of Pargman’s proposal to offer collegiate athletes an opportunity to major in sports such as football, basketball, or baseball.

How to complete the Writing Assessment Process

You will read a short newspaper editorial and write a 500-word essay in response to a specific prompt. Please read all instructions before beginning to write your essay. Upon submission, two Writing Specialist will assess your essay independently from one another. The results of the assessment will determine whether you place out of the AWS or are required to take the course. You will b