One of the most significant components of Central’s curriculum is an exemplary commitment to the development of students’ speaking and writing skills. Central College has one of the longest histories in American higher education of helping students become rhetorically sophisticated, so that they may best adapt to and communicate successfully in a multitude of academic and professional settings.
Central’s current communication skills program, founded in its original Communication Across the Curriculum Program, first funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Meredith Corporation. The program is grounded in the understanding that communication skills employed in context are best learned in context.
A critical component of each academic major is that students will learn effective communication skills in the context of their major. These skills are embedded within the major curriculum and students are assessed in a developmental manner appropriate to the discipline. Accordingly, the development of students’ written and oral rhetorical skills is the responsibility of faculty teaching courses in all academic majors.