Strategic Plan and Goals
The goal of the program is to prepare highly competent speech-language pathologists who are dedicated to the service of persons from infancy through maturity who have communication disabilities. The ability to communicate effectively is a highly complex human behavior that is critical to the fullness of human life.
This goal is achieved through a curriculum integrating academic rigor, research activities and clinical practicum designed to:
- Provide a wide theoretical base for understanding normal development of basic human communication processes as well as the nature, causes, evaluation and treatment of disorders of swallowing and communication, including issues pertaining to culturally diverse populations
- Offer opportunities for supervised student clinical practice with persons across the life span who are delayed or disordered in the development and use of effective communication and/or who exhibit disorders of swallowing
- Develop competence in clinical diagnosis and intervention, interaction with families of communicatively impaired individuals, and collaboration with other professionals for effective and efficient team management of persons with multiple needs
- Foster a value for scientific rigor and a spirit of inquiry among all students
- Empower graduates to function independently as life-long learners
2014-2017 Strategic Plan
- Enhance faculty excellence through continued national searches for full time tenure track faculty.
- Monitor and update the academic and clinical curricula for the Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology.
- Continue to enhance integration of technology into academic and clinical instruction. In conjunction with the Center for Instructional Design and Academic Technology /Information Services, develop a plan for support and upkeep of CSDI technology.
- Continue to plan and offer high quality educational opportunities that will benefit graduate students, full-time and adjunct faculty, and local speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
- Encourage and facilitate greater faculty research opportunities and foster student participation in faculty research.
- Re-establish and maintain an advisory board to provide input to the undergraduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Master of Science Program in Speech-Language Pathology and the Ludden Speech and Language Clinic.