ERIC Number: ED238054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Speech and Theatre Programs in Two Midwest Consortia.
Buzza, Bonnie Wilson
The official college catalogues of the 25 institutions comprising the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) and the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) consortia were studied to provide descriptive information on the special needs and interests of smaller speech and theatre programs. Information on speech departments indicated three general patterns: speech departments were combined with drama or theatre in nine institutions, speech was a separate department in seven institutions, and speech courses were scattered throughout the curriculum in nine institutions. The ACM had no separate speech departments and the GLCA had seven colleges with speech departments. Only one ACM college had a college-wide speech requirement. Drama departments also indicated a pattern. In eight institutions drama was a separate department--five of these were in the GLCA and three in the ACM. Acceptance of drama courses for fulfilling requirements was much more common than acceptance of speech courses; in the GLCA, drama courses were accepted in every institution. The GLCA seemed to have a stronger performance emphasis in the preparation of many of their faculty members, while the ACM had a more traditional research focus. Through research efforts by the Small College Committee of the Speech Communication Association and the development of the Programs of Limited Size organization within the American Theatre Association, both the shared concerns and the special needs of these differing groups can be better understood. (Extensive tables of data are included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Associated Colleges of the Midwest; Great Lakes Colleges Association
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (69th, Washington, DC, November 10-13, 1983). Tables may be marginally legible.