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Mission, Vision, & Strategic Plan

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders


The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) strives to provide students a comprehensive education that combines theoretical knowledge with clinical application and research. We accomplish this mission through a combination of academic course work, clinical practicum, and research activities. The intent of this mission is to prepare students for graduate study and ensure their entry into the field of communication disorders as competent professionals upon completion of the graduate program. We recognize our responsibility to serve the regional community. In this regard, the department provides comprehensive speech, language, and hearing services to individuals and families in the region through a clinical atmosphere that fosters respect and support for diversity, as well as advocacy for the rights of individuals.


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will work to uphold the vision statement of our professional accrediting body, “Making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all,” by focusing its efforts on student education, research, and community service.

Strategic Plan

The strategic plan aligns with the mission of the program by focusing on the areas of curriculum, clinical education, and research.

Focus Area 1: Curriculum - The CSD Department will appropriately align the course sequence in the undergraduate and graduate programs and enhance curriculum to reflect current standards and address current issues in the profession.  

Issue: Concerns expressed by students and preceptors regarding student preparation for clinical practice in school setting.

Action: Search for instructor who practices in schools to teach the school-aged language disorders course. Recommend content of course include current topics relevant to practice in the school setting, to include IEPs, IPE, literacy and pre-literacy skills, and service models.

Focus Area 2: Clinical Education - The CSD Department will develop the clinical education resources to provide a breadth and depth of education and to support an expansion of the graduate program to 25 students.  Resources include university clinic client base, clinic instructors, off-campus placements, and liaison support.

Issue: Based on feedback from students and preceptors and documentation from the clinical performance evaluation, students do not consistently have opportunities on campus to develop core clinical skills before going to off-campus internships.

Action: Develop set of core competencies and standards of performance for all students who take internship courses.

Action: Advance methods for clinical instructors to provide high-quality clinical education to students

Action: Revise clinical remediation process and refine methods for students to meet clinical education performance standards through a period review.

Focus Area 3: Assessment - The CSD Department will determine students' mastery of knowledge and skills addressed in the curriculum through formative and summative assessment and use information for improvements in the program and support for student learning.

Issue: The new university peer review rating form includes feedback on validity and reliability of measures. In past peer reviews, the department was encouraged to to use a common rubric. The department has a common rubric for the undergraduate and graduate programs which faculty have been encouraged to use.

Action: Faculty will use the common rubric as the measure for end of semester reporting.