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Tuesday, June 5 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Communication as a Learning Outcome in Graduate Education

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At the undergraduate level, effective communication orally and in writing is nearly always explicitly named as a learning outcome. Graduate programs, varying as they do much more than undergraduate programs, may or may not include effective communication as a student learning outcome (SLO), even though most faculty would agree that communication is essential to professional success in virtually any field. In this exploratory study, we examined the SLOs of graduate programs at a research university in the Southeastern United States. We calculated the percentage of programs that include effective communication (oral, written, or both) in their SLOs and documented how communication was assessed. Next, we surveyed programs that do not include effective communication as an SLO to explore reasons for not doing so. We present the results of our investigation along with suggestions for whether and how to include communication as a learning outcome in graduate programs.

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Sara Cushing

Georgia State University
Dr. Sara Cushing has been recently appointed Senior Faculty Associate for Assessment of Student Learning. She is a professor of applied linguistics with expertise in second language assessment, particularly in the area of writing.

Tuesday June 5, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Ballroom A&B