Speech Pathology and Audiology Strategic Plan

Program Mission

The mission of Speech Pathology and Audiology Program is to: 1) train individuals to diagnose, treat, and provide information regarding communication, swallowing, hearing and balance disorders; 2) conduct research regarding the nature, treatment, and prevention of communication, swallowing, and balance disorders; and 3) provide community service to help those individuals with or likely to develop communication, swallowing, and balance disorders. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our recruitment, training, and clinical practice.

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.

A. Academic Education

A.1       Attract and retain high quality faculty and clinical instructors

A.2       Increase undergraduate student engagement

A.3       Review the undergraduate curriculum

A.4       Continue to develop a forum to enhance integration of clinical and academic education

A.5       Recruit high quality national and international doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows

A.6       Provide study abroad and distance learning opportunities for our students

B. Clinical Education

B.1       Explore novel ways to increase clinical preparation experiences for students

B.2       Provide specialty clinics

B.3       Identify and support students at clinical and/or academic risk

B.4       Provide simulations, telehealth, and innovative services

Goal 2: Advance Scholarly Productivity

A.        Produce scholarly publications, presentations, grants, and posters by faculty, clinical instructors and                 students

B.         Increase research collaboration with others within and outside the university

C.        Utilize innovative research tools and methods

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

A. On campus community

A.1           Expand diversity of undergraduate and graduate enrollment

A.2           Continue collaboration with Student Accessibility Services (SAS), the Student Health Center, and Office of Diversity

B. Community

B.1           Support the diversity of the client base

B.2           Engage in community outreach

B.3            Continue to promote visibility of the Speech and Hearing Clinic and specialty   clinics

C. State, National, and International

C.1           Present at state, national, and international conferences

C.2           Increase continuing education offered by individual faculty members

C.3           Promote national and international collaboration

Goal 4: Program Sustainability

A.             Collaborate with the Alumni and Foundations Offices to facilitate donations from alumni and                             others

B.             Increase applications for research and clinical preparation grants and/or programs

C.             Attract and retain students

Updated on August 2023