ERIC Number: ED417442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Articulating the Value Base of the Communication Curriculum in a New Program at a Small Private College.
Kuster, Thomas A.
In the spring of 1996, the Board of Regents of Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota, decided to ask the administration and faculty to do what was needed to change the small private church-related two-year college into a small private church-related four-year college. The first designated major was to be Communication. The first step in planning the new Communication curriculum was to articulate Bethany's institutional values. Two conferences were convened for the purpose of formally and deliberately articulating the values underlying the proposed communication major. The first attempt to formalize a statement of values appeared as a list of "outcomes" which would function as goals toward which the faculty could hope to move all the students. The list of anticipated competencies was incorporated into a mission statement, which were then developed into course offerings. Religious values underlie, infuse, and impart a unique flavor to all other values. Chief among the risks of discussing values is that differences will emerge. Some differences inhere in the discipline itself and have been issues for many years; other differences emerge because of the religious setting in which the college functions; and some differences emerge from personal perspectives of the individual planners. The curriculum planners' work is far from complete, but they are convinced that it was right for them to begin their planning with an unleashing of discussion of values among them, and that the discussion had its desired impact on their continuing decision making. (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (83rd, Chicago, IL, November 19-23, 1997).