ERIC Number: ED381137
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Communication Program Review in the State University System of Florida.
Jeffrey, Robert C.
All nine state universities in the State University System of Florida (SUS) have communication programs, two of which are designed to teach journalism exclusively, and the others combining mass communication, journalism and communication studies. Because of the student demand for education in one or more of the fields of communication, combined with the inability of the state to fund additional faculty, a total of 13 distinct communication majors in six of the nine universities have instituted limited access criteria for admission into programs. Evaluation of the programs in all nine of the universities led to the following general recommendations in order to better meet the needs of communication education in the state of Florida: (1) limited access status should be retained for the programs in which it is already approved; (2) faculty salaries must become more competitive; (3) lower faculty salaries can be ameliorated somewhat by an active program of faculty development; (4) plans to develop a journalism major at Florida State University should be abandoned; (5) because of an escalating shortage of PhD graduates in communication nationally, proposals for communication PhD programs should be supported; (6) stronger state-wide programs should be initiated to attract minority faculty members and students; (7) universities should consider improving compensation packages for graduate teaching assistants in communication programs; (8) clearer cooperative guidelines with community college personnel should be developed; (9) greater technical support should be provided for communication faculties and equipment; (10) accreditation should be explored; and (11) professional development activities should be supported, even sometimes to the extent of hiring a development officer for the program. (MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee.
Identifiers - Location: Florida