Communication centers at colleges and universities: Transitioning from a course resource to an institutional resource

Luke LeFebvre, Leah LeFebvre, Dale Anderson

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This study examined the current operationalization of communication centers. Surveying center directors (N = 47), day-to-day operations were analyzed through descriptive statistics and thematic analysis. Specifically, directors provided responses about current institutional context and structure, services, training, marketing, challenges, and support surrounding the center. The findings present comparative information and patterns for centers, while the implications demonstrate the call to expand centers’ missions and vision to institutional resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-188
Number of pages10
JournalCommunication Teacher
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2019

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Centers gain further credibility when space was allocated for the center. Although financial support varied, space allocation ordinarily existed. Approximately 95.1% (n = 41) of respondents indicated their centers had distinct space, while 4.9% indicated they did not have space. Of those indicating they had space, space allocation fluctuated between 30 and 4,000 square feet (M = 998.08, Md = 700, SD = 1013.62, n = 26). A physical space often requires financial support to ensure the center operates to support participant learning. Approximately half (55.6%) of centers had financial support, while 44.4% (n = 45) did not. Many centers (n = 11) that did receive a funding allocation indicated their centers received an annual budget that ranged from $7,500 to $500,000 (M = $94,787.73, Md = $65,000, SD = $139,033.50).

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© 2018, © 2018 National Communication Association.

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Communication


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