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For further information about any of these tips, contact your mentor.
Your mentor is not only your primary academic advisor, she or he is also the primary reader for your rationale. Before you write your rationale, you need to speak to your mentor.
Treat the rationale as any writing assignment. Before you being to write, ask your primary mentor for guidance on the essay length and format.
After a few days, review your rationale essay to determine if it covers the following areas:
Your final essay should meet college-level writing expectations in terms of substance, presentation and academic integrity.
Make sure you proofread your essay. Often students find it useful to ask another person to proofread it as well.
Your committee will have a good idea of Empire State College’s academic expectations for your degree program.
Make sure your essay clearly explains your degree program and the reasons for your choices.
Not all degree programs include transcript credits and/or prior learning credits (PLA).
If yours doesn’t, your rationale does not need to mention them.
There is no general template for organizing your rationale. The worksheet and other resources can help you think through what you should address in your essay.
Your mentor can help you with the organization.
There is no fixed page requirement, although it is very difficult to explain everything in three pages and 20 pages is probably too long.
Your mentor can help you be succinct in your writing and yet make sure you have addressed all the elements of your degree.
Double-spaced and fonts such as 12 point Times Roman with margins in the 1” to 1.25” range make your essay more readable.
Use the Degree Program Style Guide to make sure that your titles are appropriately listed.
The guide includes how to list titles for studies, courses, source institutions and individualized prior learning assessments.
• Associate in Arts, Associate in Science • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Professional Studies, Bachelor of Science in Nursing• I will graduate as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Capitalization is not necessary when referring to the degree in a general sense, i.e., an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree.
Capitalize official job titles.
Do not capitalize general types of work.
Capitalize the registered area of study and specific study titles.
Capitalization is unnecessary when referring to a discipline or subject unless it is a language.