Directing Multiple Sections of the Basic Course
The basic communication course is the only course within our discipline that is required by a significant number of other departments and colleges for graduation. Surveys over the past 2 decades have indicated that the basic communication course is required of noncommunication majors in a majority of the institutions across the country. This unique characteristic provides healthy departmental enrollments and excellent visibility across campus, but it also places burdens on teachers and directors of the basic course. Although teachers in the basic course share responsibility for delivering a quality product, the ultimate responsibility for the quality of a course with several sections inevitably belongs to the director of the course.