ERIC Number: ED253901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-2
Creating a Speech Communication Laboratory in a University Retention Program.
Brownell, Winifred W.; Watson, Arden K.
Acknowledging that one of the most difficult challenges postsecondary educators must face is the maintenance of adequate student enrollment, this paper describes the creation of a speech communication laboratory as one component of a university-wide effort to maximize student retention. The paper first discusses several suggestions researchers have made to enhance student retention in college, then describes the creation of the laboratory. This description includes the laboratory objectives, the faculty involved, and the planning and procedures. Next, the paper describes the procedures for assessing communication apprehensive students in order to plan the appropriate lab services, and gives the results of the assessment questionnaire. The paper concludes with a description of the first year of laboratory operation, and some recommendations for improvement in the operation based on its first-year experience. (HTH)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Basic Skills, Communication Apprehension, Communication Research, Declining Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Learning Laboratories, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Evaluation, School Holding Power, Skill Development, Speech Communication, Speech Instruction, Speech Skills, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (70th, Chicago, IL, November 1-4, 1984).