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Mission, Vision, and Values Statements

The Mission Statement

The mission of the CSD Program at Iona College is to graduate entry-level clinicians who will adhere to the highest personal, professional, and ethical standards, employ best evidence practices, critical thinking, and self-analysis, demonstrate empathy, altruism, and accountability in their clinical practice, appreciate the value of continuing education, and aspire to provide outstanding clinical services for a diversity of individuals of all ages with communication and swallowing problems. The Program is dedicated to promoting the field of communication sciences and disorders and serving the greater community. In striving to fulfill this mission, the Program seeks to contribute substantially to the success of Iona College.

The Vision Statement

By 2018, the CSD Program will have made substantial contributions to the mission and vision of Iona College by becoming a respected graduate program of choice for motivated students seeking to better the lives of individuals with communication disorders. The success of our students will be facilitated by a dedicated faculty with strong didactic knowledge and clinical skills, and by a committed and talented staff. The faculty and staff will inspire students through a technology-rich, collaborative and student-centered learning environment to prepare for full lives and productive careers in communication sciences and disorders. The CSD Program will develop the whole person, facilitate leadership development, promote community engagement and service learning, both local and global, and encourage enrichment through diversity. The CSD Program, with ongoing support from the administration of Iona College, will secure the necessary resources, develop its distinctiveness, strengthen its infrastructure, and invest in and support the talent needed to realize this vision.

The Values Statement

The CSD Program embraces the values of a student-centered institution rooted in the tradition of the Christian Brothers. The following are key values:

  • A graduate education rich in didactics and clinical experience that enables our graduates to prepare for excellence in the field of speech-language pathology
  • Devotion to integrity, diversity, and freedom of inquiry
  • Individualized attention to each student
  • Faculty and student collaboration in teaching, learning, and research that enhances the department’s intellectual life and that meets society’s needs in the widely diverse areas of communication disorders
  • Commitment to compassion and innovation
  • Dedication to the full integration of academic and clinical experiences
  • A culture of participatory and transparent decision making within the Department of Speech Communication Studies
  • Partnerships across College departments and within the greater community for the benefit of all.