TITLE

THE PARTING SHOT!

AUTHOR(S)
Dietrich, John E.
PUB. DATE
October 1975
SOURCE
Spectra;Oct1975, Vol. 11 Issue 5, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article examines the financial survival of the U.S. Speech Communication Association (SCA). In 1956 when the American Educational Theatre Association decided to go its own way, the SCA rushed through a constitution with interest groups and started a theater interest group. When the American Speech and Hearing Association went its way the SCA again started interest groups. Under the new constitution more than 20 interest groups were formed, each clamoring for its just due in program time, newsletter dollars, travel and others. The interest group matrix not only cut the melon by subject matter, but turned around and cut the melon by level. This has been the perennial association answer to the concept of centrality focus. The New Orleans conference was developed to give wisdom. At the meeting, three senior association men deplored the diffusion and dilution of thrust under the interest group system. They thought that focus might be achieved by revising the constitution. For same reasons, the AIRLIE Long Range Goals Conference tended to diffuse rather than focus. During the 1960s, money flowed into the association just as it did to all of education. The new constitution spread the participation in the Administrative Committee with the continuation of the Finance Board and the establishment of a Research Board. An associate secretary for education was added to the Research Board. All financial decisions were shifted from the Finance Board to the Administrative Committee. As a result, fiscal responsibility has been turned over to the self-centered pressure groups. The result is called logrolling. The solution was to return financial responsibility to the Finance Board.
ACCESSION #
15546036

 

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