This article is designed to accomplish two goals. First, data from six-year student cohorts are examined for patterns emerging among those who failed to graduate from a public, state-affiliated university. The data imply strongly that a significant percentage of students who did not graduate failed primarily due to an inability to pass through the basic public speaking course – part of the general education program – and that communicative anxiety may be the root cause. Also, the article discusses the design and implementation of a successful model for a basic speech course dedicated to students with debilitating levels of public speaking anxiety.
Grapsy, R. P. (2015). Public speaking anxiety and graduation: Assessing student progress and institutional need. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 34(1), 23-39.