Additional information about the CIOS ComVista awards program
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1. What institutions are included in the CIOS ComVista awards program?
1. What institutions are included in ComVista?
The ComVista database is based on a
comprehensive web-based survey of four year North American institutions
of higher education. To be included, the institution must have
departments with a primary focus relevant to communication. More than 1,000 departments are represented in the ComVista database.
2. What institutions are not included in ComVista?
Some institutions may offer communication or
journalism courses within a department that is not primarily devoted to
the communication field. For example, a school in which the only
communication courses are taught in a humanities department might not be
included. Also, an institution must offer four year degree programs to
be included in ComVista.
3. How are Top Ten designations derived?
A Top Ten designation is awarded when a department has faculty who have collectively published at least 3 articles on a subject and when the collective record of publication places the department in the top ten, allowing for tied ranks. The basis for the article counts is the CIOS's ComAbstracts database.
A department may lose a top ten
designation due to changes in faculty. When a faculty member leaves,
his or her record of research is no longer attributed to the
institution. Although faculty listings in ComVista are refreshed
regularly, it is always possible for a key scholar to have changed jobs
or retired. It is important to contact institutions directly for
4. What is the basis for the research topics in the CIOS ComVista awards program?
The CIOS has conducted extensive
statistical studies of the frequencies of concepts appearing in the
academic literature of the communication and journalism field. Concepts
appearing with high frequency were identified and grouped, creating a
master categorization of the field's research interests. Some
geographic terms were added to the set. This classification has been
applied to the literature covered in the ComAbstracts database as
"Metaterms". This controlled vocabulary of master keywords is the
basis for the research topics of the ComVista awards program.