The importance and need of well-developed communication skills to the success of college graduates has received considerable attention in NACTA Journal articles in recent years as part of overall efforts addressing curriculum modernization and change. Schaefer (1984) listed "above average verbal and written communication skills" as one of the requirements for a graduate to have maximum marketability. Riesenberg (1988), in discussing results of a survey of graduates' recommendations for curriculum emphasis, included "written communications, and oral communications and public speaking" as one of four major areas cited. Broder and Houston (1986), in discussing implications of a survey of employer needs and perceptions concerning graduates, concluded that "colleges of agriculture need to critically assess the level of communications skills requirements in their degree programs". Cobia (1986) stated that "the single factor that hinders performance of our graduates on the job more than any other is the inability to communicate". Coorts (1987), in writing about updating college curriculum, included "to continue improving communication skills of our students (both verbal and written)" as one of seven curricula needs.



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