ERIC Number: ED454564
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May
Evaluating Doctoral Programs in Communication.
Neuendorf, Kimberly A.; Skalski, Paul D.; Atkin, David
The present study was designed to assess perceptions of (1) the quality of American graduate programs in communication; (2) the qualities that communication scholars deem important in a communication Ph.D. program; and (3) the adequacy of the number of Ph.D. programs stressing specific specialties in communication. An online survey of 221 United States communication faculty members and 49 communication department chairs identified several themes. Evaluative rankings confirmed previous findings of a midwestern, public institution prominence. There was a high degree of correspondence between faculty and chairs in the evaluation of the importance of curricular factors; there were lower levels of agreement on evaluation criteria for doctoral program quality. Among 17 doctoral program specialization choices, the only specialty for which a majority of respondents reported that there are "not enough" doctoral programs was Media Information Technologies. Over a quarter of respondents reported they felt that there are "too many" programs for each of the following specialties: Interpersonal Communication, Mass Communication, Rhetoric, Promotional Communication, and Relational Communication. (Contains 36 references, 5 tables of data, and 5 notes.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (51st, Washington, DC, May 24-28, 2001). Written with Susan Kogler-Hill and Richard Perloff.