need your help. In our pursuit of national accreditation, we need
to gather feedback from our graduates about the quality of their
education. We would also like to get an update on what you are now
doing. Please take a few moments to offer that feedback in our online
survey at www.elon.edu/irweb/JCM1/jcm1.html.
is quick, easy, and doesn't involve a stamp! To say thanks to you
for helping us, we will send an Elon sweatshirt (sized to fit) to
five respondents drawn at random during our Communications alumni
tailgate party at Homecoming. You do not have to be present to win,
but our faculty members would love to see you at Homecoming on Oct.
30 (click back to the accompanying Connections story for details).
We have come
a long way since graduating our first class of English/journalism
majors in 1981.
At Elon today,
20 percent of the student body is majoring in the School of Communications.
We have 35 faculty and staff, including a Pulitzer Prize winner.
We require students to complete an internship before graduation
and have a full-time internship director to help them.
Just last week,
a freshman told us he selected Elon over Syracuse and Miami because
our facilities and technology are so outstanding. In the classroom
and through student media, we continue to emphasize hands-on learning
to help students become better writers, better speakers, and better
producers of content.
is a national benchmark of program quality. The Accrediting Council
has given this designation to only 105 communications programs worldwide.
Sixteen private colleges and universities in the United States have
an accredited communications school: Syracuse, Columbia, Hofstra,
American, Howard, Hampton, Washington & Lee, Miami, Marquette, Northwestern,
Baylor, Texas Christian, Abilene Christian, Drake, Brigham Young,
and the University of Southern California.
Our goal is
for Elon to join this peer group in 2006.
We are now
in our self-study year, an intense time when we assess our program
from every angle. We believe our degree leads in many wonderful
directions - media and communications careers, private business,
community volunteer work, graduate school, government service, freelancing,
the list is infinite - and we look forward to your feedback through
the online survey.
We want and
need to hear from every one of you - all 1,907 graduates of our
program since 1981. Brittain Cheek, a 2001 Elon graduate in Corporate
Communications, is our new Director of Student Support and Alumni
Outreach. She will be coordinating a census of our alumni for accreditation
If this is
your first time at our Web site, I hope you'll visit often. The
"Connections" newsroom provides a regular flow of information,
and the buttons on the left take you to our curriculum, a faculty
listing, and samples of student work. This Web site won first place
nationally in 2003 at both the Broadcast Education Association convention
in Las Vegas and the Association for Education in Journalism and
Mass Communications convention in Kansas City.
in touch. We value our alumni. The survey address, once again, is:
Long live Elon!
Dean, School of Communications