ERIC Number: ED403610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Reputations of Doctoral Programs in Communication.
Speech Communication Association, Annandale, VA.
A study measured the reputations of doctoral programs in communication. Approximately 980 surveys were sent to contact people at institutions with communication disciplines. A second sample of approximately 620 names were drawn from Ph.D. level members of the Speech Communication Association (SCA) who do not teach at doctoral granting institutions. A total of 345 surveys were returned from the doctoral program faculty (for a response rate of 35%) and a total of 114 surveys were returned from the faculty who do not teach in doctoral programs (for a response rate of 18%). A total of 45 individuals indicated that they were very confident in their rankings of the top 5 programs in each specialty (communication theory and research, rhetoric, organizational communication, critical-cultural/media, applied communication, intercultural communication, and communication education) and participated in a follow-up survey. Results indicated that only 4 programs were undisputedly placed in the top quartile for each of the specialties in which they were rated. Three of those programs were rated on only 1 specialty: University of California, Berkeley in Rhetoric; Stanford University in Applied Communication; and West Virginia University in Communication Education. Northwestern University (Communication Studies) was rated in the top quartile in 3 specialties: Communication Theory and Research, Rhetoric, and Applied Communication. SCA is committed to producing additional studies that will provide other useful information about doctoral programs in communication. A table of data is attached. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Speech Communication Association, Annandale, VA.