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Focus Area 1. Program Distinction

The CSD program is dedicated to providing a culture that fosters the highest level of student learning within a caring environment, maintains a close and nurturing relationship between faculty and each of its students, and incorporates new technologies that increase learning opportunities for a diverse student body.

Goal 1

The CSD Program commits to enhancing its curriculum for greater distinctiveness and quality within the guidelines specified by ASHA and the Council on Academic Accreditation.

CSD Goal 1 aligns with Iona College’s Goal II: Academic Distinction, in which the College commits to reviewing and revising its academic programs for greater distinctiveness and quality. CSD Goal 1 also aligns with Iona College’s Goal III: Iona Experience, in which the College commits to providing a distinctive experience that addresses the intellectual, moral, spiritual, emotional, physical, social, leadership, and career development of students through increased student engagement and service integrated with academic programs.

Action Steps:

1.1 Enroll 15 students into the CSD program in each of years one and two, and 25 students in year three.

1.2 Explore development of additional elective courses to broaden and deepen student learning, such as early intervention and language disorders in bilingual children.

1.3 Establish a student advisory board to provide input regarding needed areas of improvement in the program.

1.4 Identify, develop and assess a selection of existing courses for distance learning.

1.5 Assess the feasibility of a prerequisite program for potential graduate students.

1.6 Integrate case-based and problem-based learning and the application of new and emerging technologies into classes to enhance the student learning experience.


Focus Area 2. Student Distinction and Success

The CSD Program is dedicated to promoting the success of each student, and to reflecting the goals of the Department of Speech Communication Studies in which it resides, to promoting excellence in oral communication and leadership through superior interpersonal communication skills.

Goal 2

The CSD Program commits to providing students with every opportunity to distinguish themselves upon graduation, to lead full lives and productive careers in communication sciences and disorders.

CSD Goal 2 aligns with Iona College’s Goal I: Student Distinction, in which the College commits to identifying, recruiting, and enrolling students who have a strong likelihood of graduating, and a continuing commitment to providing access to students who may not have had the opportunity for academic achievement but who can demonstrate the potential and motivation for college success.

Action Steps:

2.1 Implement the use of TaskStream, an online portfolio system, to enhance documentation of student progress, including KASA fulfillment, toward meeting the requirements for the degree and appropriate credentials.

2.2 Evaluate the remediation process and procedures to ensure that each student has maximal opportunity for success.

2.3 Provide students with frequent opportunities to make brief oral presentations in classes.

2.4 Nurture the development of student leadership skills through mentored activities such as those of the Iona Chapter of NSSLHA, service learning opportunities, and ASHA-sponsored programs.


Focus Area 3. Diversity and Cultural Competence

The CSD Program is dedicated to promoting diversity, global perspectives, and emphasizing cultural inclusiveness in order to graduate students who are culturally competent clinicians so that they may better serve the communities in which they practice and the field of communication sciences and disorders.

Goal 3

The CSD Program will provide multiple opportunities within the classroom and clinical practicum experiences that promote the cultural competence of each student.

CSD Goal 3 aligns with Iona College’s Goal II: Academic Distinction, in which the College commits to reviewing and revising its academic programs for greater distinctiveness, quality, and student success, for increased interdisciplinary focus, community engagement, and global elements.

Action Steps:

3.1 Examine the client/patient base of the Iona Speech and Language, Hearing Clinic at the conclusion of each semester to promote student exposure to a range of disorders and severities across the lifespan from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

3.2 Examine contracted external practicum placements at the conclusion of each semester to ensure sufficient client/patient base to promote student exposure to a range of disorders and severities across the lifespan from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

3.3 Include content related to cultural and linguistic diversity in all relevant courses.

3.4 Increase multicultural and international opportunities for education and research for faculty and students, and participate in ASHA and CAPCSD global initiatives.


Focus Area 4. Community and University Engagement

The Program’s new ADA compliant clinical facility, located within easy walking distance from Iona College, contains 10 therapy rooms with adjacent observation areas, integrated audio-visual equipment for recording and viewing, an audiologic booth, a reception area, a student study area, private offices for the Director and Assistant Director, workstations for the clinical faculty and staff, pantry, restrooms, and ample parking.

Goal 4

The CSD Program commits to serving community needs for increased access to speech and language services that reflect our commitment to ethical conduct, accountability, evidence-based practice, and service learning in the heritage of Iona College and the Christian Brothers.

CSD Goal 3 aligns with Iona College’s Goal II: Academic Distinction, in which the College commits to review and revise its academic programs for greater distinctiveness, quality, and student success; for increased interdisciplinary focus, community engagement, and global elements. CSD Goal 3 also aligns with Iona College’s Goal VI: Iona Story, in which the College commits to consistently communicating the College’s mission, community culture, and unique programs.

Action Steps:

4.1 Develop a formal marketing program for the Clinic to promote the visibility of clinical services, particularly within the Westchester County, New York community.

4.2 Further develop communication disorder support groups and expand community screening efforts.

4.3 Develop new services that meet the needs of the community, such as a social communication groups, accent management, and a stuttering support group, for example, in the context of student education.

4.4 Use emerging technologies to develop a periodic program newsletter to inform the community and Departmental alumni about CSD Program activities and achievements.

4.5 Identify opportunities to use teletherapy to reach underserved populations and as a training opportunity for students.

4.6 Assess clinical materials and identify the need for new and/or replacement items and allocate budget accordingly.

4.7 Promote opportunities to develop interdisciplinary clinical experiences.

4.8 Insure that internal and external clinical supervisors are using best evidence-based practices.


Focus Area 5. Faculty and Student Scholarship

The ongoing research activities and scholarly endeavors of the faculty are essential for informing classroom teaching and fostering evidence-based clinical practice. Therefore, the Program values faculty who engage actively in scientific inquiry, mentor student research and evidence-based clinical decision-making, and who contribute to the greater research community within the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.

Goal 5

The CSD Program will increase the number of faculty and student publications and presentations.

This goal aligns with Goal II: Academic Distinction of Iona College, in which the College commits to supporting faculty for their intellectual curiosity, for their passion for teaching and learning, and for their innovativeness in connecting curriculum to practical experiences.

Action Steps

5.1 Create and maintain an environment that supports faculty scholarship and research.

5.2 Engage students in faculty research and professional presentations.

5.3 Develop a department supported, incentive-based student travel grant program.

5.4 Assess instrumentation for faculty/student research laboratories and identify the need for new and/or replacement items and allocate budget accordingly.