Conceptual versus Practical Communications Education Causes One School to Suspend a Program

Although I have not heard of a suspension of a technical communication program following a program review, each program review brings about the possibility of a suspension of a program.

The particular issue that should be of interest to programs in technical and professional communication is the expectation of practical courses in addition to conceptual courses.  In this particular case, the people reviewing the program felt that practical, skills-based education got the short shrift and that needs to be addressed before the program is reinstated.

More broadly, this tension between conceptual and practical education exists in all types of programs, and is one of the most common concerns raised by practicing professionals.

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