ERIC Number: ED209713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Community College Administrator Involvement with Forensics Programs.
Gaskill, Rex W.
The administration at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota, has had tremendous influence on the college's forensics program. The first positive administrative decision made was to involve every full-time person hired in speech and theatre in the activity part of the program. Another positive aspect of the administration is its relatively constant and consistent moral and financial support. On the negative side is (1) the loss of a protected "activity fee" that was identified separately from tuition and allocated through a process which involved students, faculty, and administrators; and (2) the "split" personality that faculty develop as they teach "under" one associate dean and engage in speech and theatre activities "under" another associate dean. Not only does this mean that there is not one administrator who has responsibility to understand all of the speech program, but it also carries with it the preparation of two separate budgets and the artificial separation into two parts of what ought to be one whole. Suggestions for improving a speech activity program would include making the speech activity program a cocurricular program by involving the whole community and learning how to do more with less by bringing forensic tournaments closer to home. Faculty and administrators must devote the best of their efforts to "save" the community colleges for a complete communication program--both curricular and cocurricular. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (67th, Anaheim, CA, November 12-15, 1981).