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, 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.


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 and support students at clinica 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. Expand diversity of undergraduate and graduate enrollment

1.2. Continue collaboration with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and the DeWeese Health Center and Office of Diversity


2.1. Increase the diversity of the client base

2.2. Increase community outreach

State and National

3.1. Present at state and national conferences

3.2. Increase continuing education offered by individual faculty members

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

4.1 Increase donations from alumni and others

4.2. Increase applications for clinical training funds and/or programs

Updated on August 24, 2021