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Goal:  Students will effectively communicate both orally and in writing.  Students will demonstrate the ability to locate, critically evaluate, and present information.

This goal was measured in the Public Speaking courses (COM 231):

SectionsNumber EnrolledCourse

Fall 200432814COM 231

The requirement of a communication course for students is designed to assure that each student meets a minimal level of competence in organizing and presenting information for a public speech.  For this reason, faculty set the following objective:

Objective:70% of students will meet minimal objective for effective oral presentation.

Means of

Assessment:70% of student speeches evaluated will receive at least a score of 3 or better on a 5-point evaluation rubric.

Results:

In order to measure objectives and student outcomes, faculty recorded final presentations in selected speech courses during the fall semester of 2004.  

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Total speeches assessed:  56

Total speeches receiving a score of 3 or better:  46

Percentage of speeches receiving a score of 3 or better:  82

Average speech score:  3.6

The strengths noted this year were in the areas of organization of presentations, audience analysis, the enthusiasm of the speakers, and good attention devices.  Instructors especially noted that students seem more and more comfortable with technology and use

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