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Speaking Across the Curriculum Mission


Speaking Across the Curriculum (SAC), a subcommittee of the Committee for the Assessment of Student Learning (CASL), has as its mission to serve as a resource for instructors wishing to incorporate speaking and more effectively assess oral communication. SAC re-affirms the importance of, and rationale for, speaking across the curriculum as explicated by the National Communication Association: “As an integral part of general education programs, students should learn to communicate ‘at a level that will serve the student both within the University and in post-graduate, professional, and personal life’” (www.natcom.org).

Ways that SAC can achieve its mission include the following:

  • Offering workshops, either campus-wide or discipline/department specific, that focus on various aspects of speaking, including: assignment construction; using rubrics for assessment; nonverbal communication elements and listening; helping students organize, research, and write speeches; audience analysis; vocal delivery; presentation aids; and rhetorical situation.
  • Providing information and links via SAC website.
  • Disseminate pertinent information and speaking data to the campus community.
  • Acting as informal consultants to faculty.
A secondary goal of SAC is to help instructors understand and implement the speaking rubric. As a subcommittee of CASL, SAC will make recommendations as to possible changes in the assessment instrument, methods, policies, and procedures for the assessment of speaking.

SAC will consist of membership from CASL and the Speech Communication Department.