ERIC Number: ED393136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
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Assessment from the Beginning--Something Out of Nothing: A Case Study of the Department of Communication and Theater at Youngstown State University.
Hugenberg, Lawrence W.
Although not intended as a step-by-step guide for developing a communication assessment program, this paper shows how one department, the Department of Communication and Theater at Youngstown State University, began the process of assessing its program. The paper points out that the difficulty in assessment is that each program is different and that the idiosyncratic elements on each campus force the modification of plans because of political realities. Sections of the paper discuss general principles of assessment, directions in communication assessment, the translation of assessment suggestions in the department, the development of department goals and objectives, the development of goals and objectives for the communication studies area, the development of student outcomes, and the starting points for the development of the framework of the assessment program. Although organizations such as the Speech Communication Association, regional accrediting agencies, and the U.S. Department of Education are beginning to produce materials on communication assessment, the paper concludes that the best sources of help and timely information are colleagues in other communication programs who have experience in developing and using assessment plans. Contains 45 references. Appendixes present university mission statements, department goals, speech communication area goals, and student outcomes. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Department Image; Youngstown State University OH
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (81st, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21, 1995).