ERIC Number: ED342335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
A Descriptive Study of Small College Speech Programs: 1991, Second Phase of Study.
Buzza, Bonnie Wilson; Whiteaker, Julie E.
The second phase of a longitudinal project to describe and monitor speech communication programs at small colleges, expanded the data available on programs and provided an indication of program changes in the 3-year period since the first phase, which gathered initial data on the programs. The pilot study conducted in the first phase involved a survey questionnaire, sent to 350 faculty members, with a final response rate of 45 percent. The second phase consisted of questionnaires mailed to those who had participated in and responded to the first survey (157 mailed with 88 returned). The data from the second survey were analyzed and compared with data from the first. The analysis found: considerable diversity among small colleges; a slight decline in the overall percentage of institutions with an institution-wide speech requirement; the more frequent use of the word "communication" rather than "speech" in the department's title; and a slight increase in the number of faculty of diverse racial background teaching at small colleges. Included are 2 appendixes containing an extensive series of tables, and 13 references. (JB)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Departments, Educational Trends, Extracurricular Activities, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Longitudinal Studies, Minority Groups, Program Content, Program Descriptions, Small Colleges, Speech Communication, Speech Curriculum, Teacher Characteristics, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Memorial Trust, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Saint Cloud State Univ., MN.; Wooster Coll., OH.
Note: For the study's first phase, see ED 315 002.