The ERWC is more important than ever now that the CSU is discontinuing the English Placement Test for fall 2018 and ending its current system of remediation. Academic preparation still matters! The CSU will continue to rely on 11th grade testing (CAASPP/Smarter Balanced), as well as ACT and SAT to identify students as ready, conditionally ready, and not yet ready, and conditionally ready students can still demonstrate readiness by completing an approved ERWC course. Those who are not yet ready will be required to participate in a credit-bearing Early Start course during the summer before enrollment at a CSU and may have the option of a one-year “stretch” first-year composition course. All our data indicate that better prepared students graduate more quickly and in higher numbers, and ERWC remains one of the best ways to equip students with that preparation.
In the course of the essay, your thesis should have been subjected to scrutiny that enables us to emerge with a deeper understanding of the subject. The conclusion should show how you have proven the thesis, illustrating our progress, including any caveats or qualifications that some of the antitheses may have brought to light. It is also a good idea to show why this thesis is important, and speculate on some of its possible implications. These speculations may be followed by a call for further research of the new issues your thesis raises. A conclusion such as this leaves the readers hungering for more, as they are not only persuaded of the validity of your thesis, but also tantalized with new possibilities. This style of conclusion allows for much more creative expression, as there is more room for speculative opinion.