Alumni survey online;
Participate and win!


Dear alumni,

We 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

The survey 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.

Accreditation 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 this year.

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.

Please, stay in touch. We value our alumni. The survey address, once again, is:

Long live Elon!

Paul Parsons
Dean, School of Communications



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