Learning Outcomes in Communication

NCA has received a grant from Lumina Foundation to conduct a faculty-driven student learning outcomes project for the Communication major.
Learning Outcomes in Communication
The project will explore bridging the Tuning process and the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) within the discipline of Communication. Tuning is a collaborative process that convenes experts in a discipline to identify and articulate the distinctive skills, methods, and substantive range of the discipline. The DQP defines expected student learning outcomes (regardless of major or institution) at each degree level.

The project has two phases.  The first is to “Tune” the discipline of Communication.  NCA will facilitate the Tuning process with six groups of Communication faculty members, who will work to identify the disciplinary core and map career pathways, and then will seek feedback from various stakeholders, including potential employers, other disciplinary faculty, and civic groups.  (For more information about Tuning, visit www.tuningUSA.org.)  The groups will bridge their Tuning processes with the DQP at various times throughout their work.

The second phase of the project is to convene two interdisciplinary teams to consider how the Tuning results can contribute to the quality of a degree overall, regardless of major, using the DQP framework for assessing and advancing student learning.


The goals of the project are to productively support curriculum planning and improvement within the Communication discipline, and to help position Communication centrally in institutions’ general education curriculum development efforts.