CDIS Strategic Plan Initiatives, 2012-2015
Our mission is threefold:
- to prepare professionals for service careers in speech-language pathology,
- to provide services to individuals with communication disorders in San Antonio and the surrounding areas and
- to conduct research in the field of communication disorders.
CDIS Program Goal 1: Increase state, national, and international awareness of our undergraduate and graduate programs
Obj. 1: Promote programs by expanding the number of awareness opportunities through professional fairs, exhibits. Measurement: four opportunities a year will be created to display and/or distribute information about the programs.
Obj. 2: Increase opportunities for potential students to visit the program. Measurement: Three Open Houses specific to the program will be offered each year.
Obj. 3: Improve accessibility to current information about the program. Measurement: Website information will be updated 2X a year.
CDIS Program Goal 2: Increase community awareness of services provided by the Jersig Center
Obj. 1: Expand distribution of information to medical and non-medical persons in the community. Measurement: A distribution list will be created to provide information about speech, hearing or voice screenings, and information distributed once a year.
Obj. 2: Increase the number of individuals taking advantage of free/low cost screening services. Measurement: Two screenings will be provided each year and the number of persons who annually take advantage of clinical services such as hearing and voice screening will increase to more than 60.
Obj. 3: Market new programs/activities such as summer camps to the larger community through increased distribution of program brochures/flyers and by presenting a proposal to the Office of Marketing and Communications for increased public awareness. Measurement: By 2013 the Department will create an on-line newsletter, and redesign and mail over 100 brochures regarding Harry Jersig Center services, and redesign multiple brochures which can be mailed to selected populations.
CDIS Program Goal 3: The CDIS Program will continue to enhance and promote academic excellence
Obj. 1: The Program will continue to meet current accreditation standards set by the CAA. Measurement: The annual accreditation report will be approved each year and there will be a successful re-accreditation 2014.
Obj. 2: Program will continue to provide quality academic and clinical programs through strength of instruction and changes in coursework as indicated by current research. Measurement: Positive course and overall program evaluation surveys by students, alumni, and off-campus supervisors. One faculty retreat will be held each semester to discuss revisions and improvement of program (with documented minutes).
Obj. 3. Students’ will develop knowledge and skills in all areas indicated on certification standards. Measurement: 90% of graduating students will pass the Praxis on the first attempt.
CDIS Program Goal 4: To ensure that we offer multiple programs and admit the best students into these programs
Obj. 1: Continue to recruit freshman and community college transfer students into UG program. Measurement: The number of students entering UG program annually will increase by 5% each year.
Obj. 2: Continue to offer opportunities for post-baccalaureate students to enter leveling program as a prerequisite to application to the graduate program. Measurement: 75% of post-baccalaureate students will complete the leveling program and 50% will be admitted to a graduate program.
Obj. 3: Meet program goal of 24 new students entering graduate program each year. Measurement: 24 students will enter graduate program each year and 80% will graduate at the expected time.
CDIS Program Goal 5: Modify academic programs to meet professional, local and regional needs.
Obj. 1: Program content will reflect needs of local employers. Measurement: 80% of graduate students will obtain speech-language pathologist positions within three months of graduating.
Obj. 2: Continue to offer additional course content in new areas. Measurement: One new selected topic course will be added to the curriculum every two years based on the responses from site supervisors who request additional training for students in certain areas.
CDIS Program Goal 6: Improve instrumentation & equipment for teaching, clinical services & research
Obj. 1: Search for funds and request improvement of technology in the Jersig Center Clinic & classroom. Measurement: Classroom technology will be updated in the next two years and 50% of clinic technology will be replaced by 2014.
Obj. 2: Search for funds for updating assistive technology. Measurement: A 25% increase in the number and variety of current assistive technology equipment by 2014.
Obj. 3: Maintain fully equipped at least two clinic and research labs. Measurement: Three grants will be obtained in the next two years to fund research and clinical equipment.
CDIS Program Goal 7: Improve student financial support
Obj. 1: Continue to pursue grants, donations and scholarships to support students. Measurement: One additional scholarship will be added each year to those currently offered.
Obj. 2: Maintain several graduate assistantships per year. Measurement: The number of graduate assistantships offered each year will be maintained at a minimum of eight.