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Communication Chair Selected to National Communication Association Learning Outcomes Project

The chair of the Communication Studies department in the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University was selected to participate in the National Communication Association (NCA) Student-Learning Outcomes in Communication Project. Chad McBride, Ph.D., is one of 24 faculty leaders from around the nation chosen to participate in this project.

The project is funded by a grant the NCA received from the Lumina Foundation to conduct a faculty-driven student learning outcomes project for the Communications major. The goals of the project are to support curriculum planning and improvement within the discipline nationally, and to help position Communication centrally in institutionsí general education curriculum development efforts.

The project will follow an internationally used process called ďTuning,Ē which is a faculty-driven process that identifies what a student should know and be able to do in a chosen discipline when a degree has been earned - an associateís, bachelorís or masterís.

McBride joined the communications department in the fall of 2003 and has taught courses in Interpersonal Communication and Gender Communication as well as communication theory and research methods.

The Lumina Foundation is the largest private foundation in the nation focused solely on increasing Americanís success in higher education. Grants from the Lumina Foundation are focusing on reaching Goal 2025, increasing the percentage of adults in America with a higher education to 60 percent by 2025, and to designing and building a 21st century higher education system.

The NCA advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication.