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CSD 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

2018-2021 Strategic Plan

  1. Monitor and update the academic and clinical curricula for the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in speech-language pathology, ensuring consistency with current accreditation and certification standards.
  2. In conjunction with the Center for Instructional Design and Technology and other programs within the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, continue to implement new technologies, including simulated learning experiences, to support academic and clinical instruction.
  3. Working within the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, continue to plan and offer high quality educational opportunities regarding special clinical topics and training in clinical supervision that will benefit graduate students, full-time and adjunct faculty, and local speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
  4. Encourage and facilitate greater faculty research opportunities and foster student participation in student-initiated research and faculty research with opportunities to present research findings at university, state, and national conferences.
  5. Collaborate with other university programs, community stakeholders, and professional entities in healthcare and academic settings to elicit feedback and community perspectives regarding Communication Sciences and Disorders programs and to elicit input on current medical and educational practices.
  6. Develop new pathways for transitions for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate Communication Sciences and Disorders students into the Master of Science Program in Speech Language Pathology.
  7. Work with other programs in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences to develop formalized opportunities for interprofessional education and practice within the graduate curriculum.