Interagency Collaboration (Homeland Security)

This paper (three pages in length), Interagency Collaboration, should identify areas where greater interagency collaboration at federal level, and internationally, would lead to more effective homeland security policies and programs in the future.

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HLS Policies/Program Papers – Grading Rubric
Criteria Ratings Points
Content of paper addresses assignment 30.0 pts
Very Good: Paper has clear thesis that thoroughly and insightfully addresses all aspects of the assignment. All parts of paper support thesis and clearly and accurately make case. 24.0 pts
Good: Paper has thesis that addresses assignment. Some parts of paper could have more thoroughly supported thesis. 18.0 pts
Fair: Paper has incomplete or ill- defined thesis, and does not completely address the assignment. Content sometimes strays from the assigned topic. 15.0 pts
Poor: Paper has no clear thesis and does not address the assignment. 30.0 pts
Paper is organized and readable; has distinct introduction, body, and conclusion 30.0 pts
Very Good: Paper is interesting and readable. It has a distinct introduction that grabs the readers attention; a body that clearly addresses all main points; and a conclusion that ties paper together. Paragraphs flow together with smooth transitions. 24.0 pts
Good: Paper is readable and has an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. Some points could have used stronger support, and stronger transitions could have helped paper have better flow. 18.0 pts
Fair: Paper has limited readability and an inadequate introduction, body, and/or conclusion. Transitions are lacking, and paper is difficult to understand. 15.0 pts
Poor: Paper is disorganized, has no introduction, body, or conclusion. Work needs to be reorganized and re-done. 30.0 pts
Evidence of Critical Thinking
Paper presents creative solutions, applications, or predictions, beyond the obvious. 30.0 pts
Very Good: Writer develops logical and reasoned independent ideas that go beyond predictable outcomes or the conclusions of researched materials. Follows where evidence and reason lead in order to obtain defensible, thoughtful, logical conclusions or solutions. Makes deep rather than superficial inferences. Makes inferences that are consistent with one another. Identifies the most significant implications and consequences of the reasoning (whether positive and/or negative) Distinguishes probable from improbable. 24.0 pts
Good: Ideas are logical and reasoned, but demonstrate lesser degree of originality. Follows where evidence and reason lead to obtain justifiable, logical conclusions. Makes valid inferences, but not with the same depth as very good rating Identifies significant implications and consequences and distinguishes probable from improbable. 18.0 pts
Good: Writing is primarily opinion without valid support. Little critical thinking is evident. Follows existing evidence to obtain conclusions. Makes inferences, but not necessarily based on existing or prevalent reasons or reasoning. Identifies scant implications and consequences and in a lesser fashion distinguishes probable from improbable. 15.0 pts
Poor: Paper lacks evidence of critical thinking. Uses superficial, simplistic, or irrelevant reasons and unjustifiable claims. Makes illogical, inconsistent inferences. Exhibits closed-mindedness or hostility to reason; regardless of the evidence, maintains or defends views based on self-interest Ignores significant implications and consequences of reasoning. 30.0 pts
Conventions, Citations/References, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, and Sentence Structure 30.0 pts
Very Good: Writer correctly uses APA Style for the citations throughout and for the references. Spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and vocabulary usage are correct and appropriate. Sentences are varied and grammatically correct. Writing is error-free. Word choice and vocabulary show an exceptional understanding of course content. Word choice is well matched to the subject and audience. 24.0 pts
Good: Writer correctly uses APA Style for the references, but incorrectly for a few citations. Sentences have few grammatical errors that seriously detract from meaning, but sentences could have been more varied and interesting. Some spelling and punctuation errors exist, but they do not seriously detract from meaning. Some understanding of course content is shown. Word choice and vocabulary are acceptable. 18.0 pts
Fair: Writer incorrectly uses APA Style for the references and citations. Spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and vocabulary usage contain flaws that impede and detract from readability. A number of grammatical mistakes that detract from meaning are present. Writing has many spelling and punctuation errors that detract from meaning. Word choice and vocabulary do not clearly express ideas or address the assignment. 15.0 pts
Poor: APA convention is not used for the references or citations. Sentences are unclear and many grammatical errors in structure make paper virtually unreadable. Spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and vocabulary usage contain major flaws that impede readability. Writing has so many spelling and punctuation errors as to be virtually unreadable. Word choice and vocabulary are vague and unclear. 30.0 pts
Total Points: 120.0