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ERIC Number: ED387835
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-19
Pages: 8
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SCANS and the "Goals 2,000: Educate America Act"--External Validation for Expanding Communication Instruction Requirements across the Undergraduate Core Curriculum.
Newburger, Craig
In 1989, President George Bush met with the nation's governors and the foundation was laid for the "Goals 2000: Educate America Act" (signed into law March 1994). The act provides funds to underwrite states' development and implementation of content and performance standards and associated assessment methodologies directed toward helping students meet nationally determined academic and occupational skill standards. The "Goals 2000" act created the National Education Standards and Improvement Council and charged it with the responsibility to examine and certify voluntary national and state content, student performance, opportunity-to-learn standards and assessment systems voluntarily provided by states and content groups. Postsecondary speech communication administrators are in a position to assist their respective campuses in proactively meeting the charges of "Goals 2000" and SCANS (which stands for the Labor Secretary's "Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills") and, additionally, aid in the preparation of competitive subgrant proposals. A case might easily be made for requiring three communication courses across the undergraduate core curriculum: public speaking (taught from a critical thinking perspective), interpersonal communication, and group discussion (with an emphasis on problem solving and, to some degree, conflict resolution). Goals 2000 and SCANS provide speech communication administrators with compelling legislative and rhetorical support for the broad expansion of communication instruction requirements across the undergraduate core curriculum. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000