Speech Pathology and Audiology 2016-2021 Strategic Plan

Program Mission

The mission of the Speech Pathology and Audiology Program is to 1) train individuals to diagnose, treat, and provide information regarding communication disorders; 2) conduct research regarding the nature, treatment, and prevention of communication disorders; and 3) provide community service to help those individuals with or likely to develop communication disorders.

Goal 1: Provide excellence in academic and clinical education to ensure that students meet or exceed ASHA’s knowledge and skill outcomes across the scope of practice.


1. Academic Education

1.1. Attract and retain high quality faculty and clinical instructors.

1.2.  Increase undergraduate student engagement

1.3.  Review the undergraduate curriculum.

1.4.  Continue to develop a forum to enhance integration of clinical and academic education

1.5.  Recruit additional high quality doctoral students

2.Clinical Education

2.1. Explore novel ways to increase clinical training experiences for students

2.2. Expand specialty clinics

2.3. Develop additional mechanisms to identify students at clinical and/or academic risk

2.4. Expand distance learning opportunities, telehealth, and other leading edge services

Goal 2: Increase Scholarly Productivity

  1. Increase scholarly publications, presentations, grants, and posters by faculty, clinical instructors and students
  2. Increase research collaboration with others within and outside the university

Goal 3: Increase outreach and visibility at the community, state, and national levels

On campus community

1.1. Explore SPA minor

1.2. Expand diversity of undergraduate and graduate enrollment

1.3. Continue collaboration with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and the University Health Services and Office of Diversity


2.1. Increase the diversity of the client base

2.2. Increase community outreach

State and National

3.1. Increase visibility of and enrollment in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) certificate

Goal 4: Obtain financial support for state of the art clinical and teaching facilities

4.1 Increase donations from alumni and others

Updated on September 12, 2019