Communications program wins national excellence award
The department was recognized by the NCA for its interactive, student-centered, and creative approach to communication education. Department Chair James Corcoran was delighted Simmons received the award for two reasons:
"First, the honor directly benefits both our graduates and current students because they have a major that is recognized nationally for its strong reputation. Second, this affirms a decision we, as a department, made six or seven years ago to emphasize media convergence, the intersection and interaction of multiple media disciplines."
The Rex Mix award recognizes programs with a strong curriculum and broad student engagement and enrichment opportunities such as internships, service learning and community engagement experiences, and student/faculty research. The review committee said they were impressed with the program's 21st century approach to preparing students for today's career in communications.
"Taken collectively, the department's courses honor the discipline's past, but also address students' future needs to have adaptable skills and analytical abilities in today's globalized information society," the committee wrote. "The courses repeatedly emphasize the necessity to apply communication theory and skills to real-world problems."
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