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Strategic Plan Executive Summary 2017

Preamble

This Strategic Plan of the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program at Iona College is the product of collaborative discussions among the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Sibdas Ghosh, and the CSD faculty. This Plan is guided by the Strategic Plan of the College, and is consistent with the Mission, Vision and Values of the College. This Plan will guide the Program during its first three years of operation, an initial growth period in which the CSD Program will continually evaluate its successes and shortcomings through self-study, and thereby improve its infrastructure and curriculum and develop its distinctiveness. A three- year plan will enable the subsequent plan to be aligned in time with the cycle of self- study of the Speech Communication Studies Department and the Strategic Plan of the College.

Executive Summary Introduction

The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) current strategic plan was written during the program’s infancy and included contributions from the CSD faculty and the Iona College administration. This Plan was guided by the Strategic Plan of the College (May 2012 – May 2017), and is consistent with the Mission, Vision, and Values of the College (i.e., each focus area aligns with a college-wide focus area). The Plan has served as a guide for the Program during its first three years of operation (Fall 2014 – Spring 2018), an initial growth period in which the CSD Program is continually evaluating its successes and shortcomings, and thereby improving its infrastructure and curriculum and developing its distinctiveness. This document was drafted as a result of the annual reviews of the current plan conducted by the Speech Communication Studies (SCS) department and the reflection of the plan conducted during the department’s June 2017 retreat and December 2017 retreat. The CSD program will engage in a self-study period following this plan’s conclusion and share a subsequent strategic plan aligned in time with the cycle of self-study of the Speech Communication Studies Department and the Strategic Plan of the College.