ERIC Number: ED395344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating the Public Speaking Component in General Education Assessment of Communication at Cameron University.
Adams, Steve; Heflin, James L.
In 1991, in response to a mandate from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Cameron University developed a Communication Assessment Program to measure and assess the competency level of students in writing and speaking. The communications assessment sub-committee considered several options for assessing student skills in writing, speaking, and critical thinking. Finally, it decided students should respond to a written prompt. In the spring of 1994, the committee developed a course to meet assessment goals set forth by the university. The support system for the program was strong. Significant effort was made by administrators, faculty, and coordinators of the program to assist and support students in understanding and completing the assignments given in this course. To date, Cameron University has completed three communication assessment programs. Fourteen students participated in the first class. Aside from completing an essay and speech, students were tested on the Comprehensive Assessment and Program Planning (CAPP) Tests for critical thinking and English grammar. At the end of the course, student speeches were videotaped for evaluation. The evaluators determined that on a scale ranging from unsatisfactory to excellent, students gave satisfactory speeches. Responding to feedback about the course, the faculty offered a second assessment course in the fall of 1995. Again evaluators from other departments were trained as evaluators; again, the speeches were videotaped and found to be, on average, satisfactory. A third course was offered but test results are not in yet. The course is still being reviewed to improve it. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cameron University OK; Communication Competencies; Comprehensive Assessment and Program Planning; Writing Prompts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (81st, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21, 1995).