Alicia Madison, College Dean
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Dixie State University
The proposed B.S. in Technical Communication will allow students to earn a degree in the English Department without taking a foreign language, and this concerns several of the department's faculty members.
Scenario of Use: Alicia Madison
The proposal for starting a B.S. program in Technical Communication includes a letter of support from the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, which serves all areas in southern Nevada and is part of Region 8. Dr. Madison follows a hyperlink to the Southern Nevada Chapter's website and then to the national website. She discovers the Technical Communication Knowledge Portal link and clicks on it.
Because of her demanding schedule and the urgency of the curriculum project, Alicia needs to be able to survey other programs in Technical Communication nationwide quickly and efficiently. The TCKP needs to present information in categories that offer answers to her particular search for information on both curricula in TC and professional practices and technologies.
She needs to be able to defend or refute the idea that the proposed degree at Dixie lacks a foreign language requirement and places a strong emphasis on science, math, and computers, so she needs to be able to see what other Universities have done, and to link to literature debating the need for foreign language in an undergraduate degree program.
She needs information about the need for multicultural approaches for TC to judge how important translation and language issues may have become in the practice of TC. Statistics on job requirements from employment surveys (e.g., how many employers require a strong background in science, math, and computers) would be especially useful to Dr. Madison.
It would help her to be able to read case studies about or testimonials from graduates of technical communications programs. Because her colleagues are academics, she needs to be able to cite research studies examining the effectiveness of various curricula in TC. On the other hand, because she comes from an academic environment, she also needs exposure to practitioner-oriented literature and discussion of best practices in the corporate world.