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Master of Science (MS) in Communications


Communication Studies


"This is a qualitative analysis of focus groups conducted with "Community Partners" (mostly Directors of non-profit social service agencies who have previously partnered with Eastern Washington faculty in community-based education efforts) in the Greater Spokane Area. This research is designed to address shortcomings of current forms of community based education, identify strategies for strengthening the partnerships that exist between Eastern Washington University and the surrounding community, and to establish the need for community based research at the graduate level. By conducting focus groups, this study analyzed Community Partner perceptions of community based education and research before and after watching a video about shifting perspectives on volunteerism. The resulting evidence concluded that there is a gap between what Community Partners and Eastern Washington University are currently doing and our readiness to solve community problems through graduate level research"--Leaf iv.