ERIC Number: ED357407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
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The Top Fifty Forensics Programs in the U.S.: A Twenty Year Retrospective.
Hunt, Steven B.; Inch, Edward S.
A study examined the competitive, financial, and programmatic characteristics of the top 50 forensics programs in the United States. Surveys were sent in 1978, 1983, 1987, and 1992 to the programs that met this definition. Criteria for identification of the "top" 50 differed slightly for each survey (based on different measures of competitive success), and more than 50 programs were sent questionnaires in each of the four surveys. Response rates were high for each survey: 49 schools responded in 1978, 51 in 1983, 57 in 1987, and 45 in 1992. Results indicated that 13 schools have remained solidly among the top programs in all 4 surveys, and 26 schools appeared on 3 of the 4 surveys. Factors that make a difference in a program's success include: a fine director of forensics, a favorable geographic location, a quality school, a great tradition, staff, squad size and participation, scholarships, and budget. Results also indicated that: (1) almost 50% of the top 50 schools turned over every 5 years; (2) the definition for success among the top 50 programs shifted away from National Debate Tournament debate and toward Cross Examination Debate Association debate and individual events; (3) top 50 programs generally have a staff of 1 or 2 people and about 30 active members; (4) top 50 budgets have increased from an average of $10,980 in 1974 to an average of $34,700 in 1992; and (5) most budgets come primarily from administrative sources. (Ten tables of data are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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