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2015-2016 Strategic Plan



The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders provides undergraduate and graduate students excellent academic and clinical teaching, research and public service within the context of a strong liberal arts education. The main focus is personalized professional preparation of students in communication sciences and disorders to serve the public. In accomplishing this mission, the Department pursues excellence and distinction in all its programs; promotes faculty development through research, creative activities, progressive teaching and continuing scholarship.


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will be a national model of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education through innovative instruction, clinical experiences, community engagement and research.

To achieve this vision, the Department will:

  • Provide excellent student learning experiences and training in the classroom and clinic;
  • Recruit and retain outstanding faculty who are active in academic and clinical teaching, research and scholarship;
  • Contribute to the community and professions at the local, state, national and international levels;
  • Collaborate with health care and education providers in interprofessional settings. 

Focus Area 1: Clinical Education and Culture

Outcome: The department will be recognized for its innovative approaches to clinical education at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Strategy 1: Increase clinical opportunities by identifying an area not well served in the community and develop a program to address that need.

Strategy 2: Development a model of clinical education for undergraduates that reduces the emphasis on clinical hours and addresses the clinical knowledge and skills they will need to excel in graduate school.

Focus Area 2: Curriculum/Teaching and Learning

Outcome: The department will be recognized for innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and our students will continue to be recognized has highly skilled and knowledgeable entry-level clinicians.

Strategy 1: Review the undergraduate and graduate curricula of select graduate programs for ideas we might consider.

Strategy 2: Identify innovative approaches to the provision of academic and clinical education that provide for greater integration of academic and clinical learning.

Focus Area 3: Facilities/Space

Outcome: The department will gain additional classroom, clinical and research space to accommodate recent growth in faculty and students.

Strategy 1: Evaluate our current facilities and document our additional space needs.

Strategy 2: Gain recognition for our facilities/space needs in the university’s facilities master plan.

Strategy 3: Identify possible space off campus. 

Focus Area 4: Faculty and Staff

Outcome: The workloads of tenure and tenure-track faculty will allow them to engage in research and scholarly activity, excel in academic and clinical teaching and provide service to the profession, the community, and the university.

Strategy 1: To assure sufficiency of faculty, advocate for and conduct a search to replace our recently retired faculty member.

Strategy 2: Advocate and conduct a search for one renewable term, clinical instructor.

Strategy 3: Develop and implement a plan to support faculty research efforts, particularly for those at the associate and assistant levels.

Strategy 4: Develop an alternate plan for advising that reduces the need for faculty to meet with students for routine plan of study and scheduling issues.

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