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ERIC Number: ED412573
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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Identifying Institutional Variances: A FSU Proposal.
Scott, Tom; Kasle, Sydne
Upon the request of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Florida State University (FSU) is required to enact a program designed to graduate students with a certain degree of oral communication competency. While communication majors and minors are required to enroll in a public speaking course, no student at FSU has the option in enrolling in a "Fundamentals of Communication" course. The needs of various sub-populations at FSU should be considered: the SACS, university administrators, the Department of Communication, faculty, teaching assistants, first-time students, students already attending FSU, transfer students, communication majors and minors, and special needs students. Some alternative approaches implemented at colleges and universities across the nation are Oral Communication across the Curriculum, communication laboratories, and large lecture sections taught by faculty members and lab sections taught by teaching assistants. While each of these strategies has its own merits, none adequately meet the intended goals of providing orally competent students. The Department of Communication should revise its course offerings to include a "Fundamentals of Communication" course--a hybrid course that includes general communication theory, interpersonal communication, group communication, and public speaking. Majors and minors in Communication will be required to enroll in a three-credit course taught by faculty. Other students will have the option of a two-credit class. The inclusion of a mandatory fundamental communication class at Florida State University would be pan-beneficial. The University would produce graduates better prepared to handle the complexities of today's communication age and would recognize the benefits of meeting the accreditational standards established by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. (Contains 24 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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