ERIC Number: ED366007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Student's Role in Recruiting: Methods and Benefits.
Huebner, Thomas M., Jr.; Fuller, C. Todd
Students in the Southwest Baptist University's speech and debate program actively participate in recruiting and contribute to the small college's culture. While scholarship on peer recruitment is scarce, the literature suggests two foundational principles that can serve as guides: colleges and universities must be willing to develop personal relationships with those students they are interested in recruiting; and students are better at "painting the big picture" than college personnel are. Certain peer-recruitment strategies can contribute to a competitive and progressive speech and debate program on any level: coaches can facilitate associations between high school and university competitors; students can refer individuals from their own high school program; undergraduates can participate in the professional community; and students can make telephone calls, conduct campus tours, and accompany the coaching staff on prospect visits. Benefits of peer recruiting include: empowering new students by letting them know they feel wanted; creating bonds between the incoming student, the seasoned forensics competitor, and coaches or faculty sponsors; creating an openness among students; taking the sole recruiting burden off coaches; and instilling in students the value of responsibility. By remembering the foundational principles of relationship-building and honesty, observing various strategies of peer-recruitment, and understanding the benefits of allowing students to recruit students, most programs can become more successful in obtaining the kinds of individuals who accept and thrive within their particular forensic cultures. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Peer Recruitment; Southwest Baptist University MO
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami, FL, November 18-21, 1993).