This article analyzes award winning communication programs. The winners of the Small College Interest Group's Programs of Excellence Award provide directions for achieving centrality and the goals outlined by the National Communication Association Task Force on Advancing the Discipline. They have similar names, degrees and locations within their institutions and they favor a holistic department and curricula that are interdisciplinary with strong department anchors. Most have assessment programs in place to maintain this quality. In most cases, they have identified themselves with the mission of their institution through courses and goals. These programs can provide some guidelines for departments in schools of 5,000 or less undergraduates to use in conducting self evaluations to determine if their programs have centrality.
Beadle, M. E., & Schmidt, J. J. (1999). Award winning communication programs: Centrality or confusion? Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 28(1), 27–36.