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ERIC Number: ED453560
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Key Factors in a Successful Collaboration in a Voluntary Communication across the Curriculum Program.
Tapper, Joanna; Gruba, Paul
Australia has no culture of freshman composition, general education programs, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), or Communication Across the Curriculum (CAC). This paper first gives an overview of the context for WAC and CAC programs in Australia. It then discusses government regulations and funding for tertiary education in Australia, explaining that over the past 10 years university budgets have been severely cut, with the result that WAC and CAC programs are seen as "luxuries." Major portion of the paper outlines the CAC program at the University of Melbourne. It states that Communication across the Curriculum began in 1997 with a 3-year internal grant covering 2 lecturers (i.e., assistant professors) in the CAC program and that the project is a casual one, with no senior executive interest, support, or oversight. The paper also discusses the successful, voluntary collaboration between the Institute of Land and Food Resources (ILFR), which used to be the Faculty of Agriculture, and the CAC program--the faculty have always offered a first-year course in communication skills. It outlines five features of the CAC/ILFR collaboration. The paper concludes with reflections on 5 years of the CAC program, including staff development and outcomes for the institution and for the students. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia