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ERIC Number: ED355569
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-1
Pages: 19
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Reestablishing Speech Communication as a Legitimate Academic Program in a Liberal Arts College.
Marshall, Brenda DeVore
In the spring of 1987, the decision was made to discontinue the degree in speech communication (but retain the course offerings) within the department of communications at Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon. A recently hired faculty member adopted nine strategies in an attempt to reestablish the degree program in speech communication. Actions taken as a result of those strategies included the following: (1) the status of the discipline within the department was improved; (2) the history of the program was investigated; (3) the decision was made to first attempt the reinstatement of the minor in speech communication; (4) members of the department in other disciplines (theater and mass communications) were persuaded, using informal dialogues, that human communication provides the link among the disciplines and that the speech communication program is central to the endeavors of the department; and (5) a formal proposal to reinstate the minor in speech communication was presented to the faculty near the end of the 1990 fall semester and to the college curriculum committee at the beginning of the fall 1991 semester. The proposal included a brief history of rhetoric, evidence supporting the need for education in speech communication from qualified sources outside the discipline; and brief descriptions of the range of issues studied within the discipline. On October 16, the curriculum committee formally approved the reinstatement of the minor in speech communication; final approval by the Faculty Assembly is pending. The process of gaining support for the reestablishment of speech communication suggests that those involved in the discipline need to do a better job of justifying their existence to the non-communication and non-academic worlds. (The proposal for reinstatement of the minor in speech communication is attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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