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Communication Disorders Strategic Plan

CDIS Strategic Plan, 2016-2019

Mission of the OLLU Harry Jersig Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic/CDIS Program

  • to prepare graduate students for successful careers in speech-language pathology
  • to prepare undergraduate students with a knowledge of communication sciences and disorders in preparation for graduate school or for related careers in allied health and education fields
  • to provide evidence based services to individuals with communication and swallowing disorders
  • to engage in scholarly activity in the field of communication sciences and disorders.

This CDIS mission statement is developed from the OLLU mission statement that is a community that serves students by:

  • Ensuring quality, innovative undergraduate and graduate learning experiences;
  • Fostering spiritual, personal, and professional growth; and
  • Preparing students for success and continued service.

We aim to provide a quality program that supports in numerous ways learning experiences to create successful speech-language pathologists who will be dedicated to serve clients with communication and swallowing needs using the most current scientific evidence. The program will contribute to knowledge in the field through scholarship with students.

The CDIS Strategic Plan is based on the goals of OLLU strategic plan To Grow, To Graduate and To Lead.

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: six opportunities a year will be created to display and/or distribute information about the programs including to local community colleges. 

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 two times a year, and social media will be used to disseminate information. 

Obj.4: Increase state, national, and international enrollment from states outside of Texas. 

  • Measurement: Number of out of state students will increase 5% per year to 15% by 2019. 

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: Three off-site screenings and three on-site screenings (including voice and hearing) 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 the use of social media and video. 

  • Measurement: By 2016 the Department will create an on-line newsletter, a Facebook page and redesign and mail over 100 brochures regarding Harry Jersig Center services, and redesign multiple brochures which can be mailed to selected populations. Grow client services and referrals by 20% over three years. 

Obj. 4: Increase HJC visibility through the creation of an interactive nature playspace for clients and community. 

  • Measurement: Architectural plans will be completed by 2016 and playspace will be completed by 2019.

Obj. 5: Expand function and size of the HJC Advisory Board. 

  • Measurement: The Board will appoint a Chair and find a replacement for a former client on the Board

CDIS Program Goal 3: The CDIS Program will continue to enhance and promote academic and clinical 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.

Obj. 2: The program will continue to provide quality academic and clinical programs through strength of instruction and changes in coursework as indicated by current research and employer needs. 

  • 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.

Obj. 4: Students will have increased clinical opportunities through collaboration of all faculty in 1. the creation of an Aphasia Center, 2. support for Childhood Language and Literacy programs, 3. Cleft palate summer camp every 2 or 3 years. 

  • Measurement: 50% of graduate students will participate in one of these experiences during their graduate program.

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 maintain at a minimum of 50 new students 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: Improve treatment outcomes for clients 

Obj. 1: Clients will show improvement in communication and/or swallowing skills. 

  • Measurement: 85% of clients served demonstrate improved communication skills for goals as stated per semester treatment period. These results will be based on the final progress reports at the end of each semester prepared by student clinicians under supervision, and on client/family perception of progress in the customer satisfaction questionnaire completed at the end of each semester or at the completion of services.

Obj.2: Clients and families will be satisfied with services received at the HJC including scheduling and setting.

  • Measurement: 85% of clients and families will indicate satisfaction with services received based on the client satisfaction questionnaire.

Obj. 3: Telepractice will be used to serve clients in outlying areas and for supplementary diagnostics and therapy. 

  • Measurement: By 2019 a successful pilot program will be completed with a minimum of 3 clients. 

CDIS Program Goal 6: Modify academic programs to meet professional, local and regional needs.

Obj. 1: Program content will reflect needs of local employers. 

  • Measurement: 85% of graduate students will obtain speech-language pathologist positions within six 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 and from faculty proposals. 

CDIS Program Goal 7: Improve instrumentation & equipment for teaching, clinical services & research 

Obj. 1: Maintain and update equipment as needed in the Jersig Center Clinic & classroom. 

  • Measurement: The primary classroom in HJC will be updated by 2017 to include new projector screens and adequate audio. Audiovisual equipment for supervision will continue to be fully functional. 

Obj. 2: The creation of a multilingual language lab for research and teaching. 

  • Measurement: Space and computer software support will be provided by fall 2017. 

Obj. 3: Maintain fully equipped at least two clinic and research labs.

  • Measurement: Additional grants will be obtained in the next two years to fund research and clinical equipment. 

CDIS Program Goal 8: 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.