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ERIC Number: ED458666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Sustaining Speaking across the Curriculum Programs.
Weiss, Robert O.
In 1988 a paper described "Start-Up Strategies for Speaking and Listening across Disciplines," with special reference to eight institutions which at that time had relatively freshly-minted programs in speaking across the curriculum (Weiss). Eight strategies for starting such programs were delineated and remain viable today, but the shelf-life of speaking across the curriculum programs has turned out to be rather short since at least half of those described in 1988 are no longer in operation. What happens to these programs that diminishes them and in many cases interferes with their being sustained? The eight institutions which implemented programs were Clarkson University, Ithaca College, Pima Community College. St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Central College, Hamline University, DePauw University, and Alverno College. This paper discusses each of these programs and their trajectories, along with three other programs originating during the same era, those of the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bismarck State College, and Radford University. Although every one of the programs examined has had some productive and positive aspects, the paper's concern is with the hazards they faced in sustaining themselves. It points to financial exigencies, leader dependence, insufficient institutionalization, and academic ideologies as some of the problems leading to the discontinuation of these programs. (Contains 10 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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