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NCA names COMM 1310 'Program of Distinction'

By T.C. Sprencel
University News Service
November 16, 2010

The National Communication Association (NCA) Basic Course Division has named Texas State University-San Marcos’ basic communication course, COMM 1310: Fundamentals of Human Communication, a Program of Distinction for 2010.

The honor is part of the NCA Basic Course Division’s Program of Excellence Award, a highly competitive recognition process that evaluates basic communication courses from numerous academic institutions. The division confers only one Program of Excellence recognition per year.

The Program of Distinction award recognizes outstanding basic programs that excel in various aspects of communication curriculum. The award selection committee specifically noted the Texas State course’s outstanding program of assessment, led by communication studies faculty members Marian Houser and Kristen LeBlanc Farris.

The COMM 1310 course was officially recognized for its Program of Distinction honor at the Basic Course Division Business Meeting, held Nov. 15 in San Francisco, as part of the NCA’s annual convention.

Texas State’s Department of Communications will apply again next year for the Program of Excellence Award, said Department Chair Steven Beebe.