For twenty-four years, until April 1968, a requirement for graduation from the University of Illinois was a B in Rhetoric 102 (or its equivalent) or a passing grade on the English Qualifying Examination (EQE). In spite of this rule, many students at the University were not proficient in the art of communication, particularly written communication. As each year passed, more and more of those who were required to take the EQE failed it, including College of Agriculture students. From 1960 through 1966, 60% of all our students taking the qualifying exam failed to pass, compared with 54% for the University as a whole.
communication, writing skills, EQE, English Qualifying Examination