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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.

Action Step 1.1 Enroll 15 students in years one and two, and 25 students in year three.

Person(s) Responsible:
Director Graduate Admissions, Chair, Faculty, CSD Program

Resources Needed:
Qualified candidates

Measurable Outcomes:
Number of students enrolled

Strategies for Evaluation and Assessment:
Admissions report

  • Enrolled a new graduate cohort each year (Fall 2014, Fall 2016, and Fall 2017)
    • Fall 2014 = 15
    • Fall 2016 = 25
    • Fall 2017 = 23
  • 100% achieved

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

Person(s) Responsible:
Director and faculty, CSD Program

Resources Needed:
Flexibility qualified faculty, approval of graduate curriculum committee

Measurable Outcomes:
Increased number of electives

Strategies for Evaluation and Assessment:
Faculty curriculum review and student feedback

  • Faculty conversations encircling curriculum at multiple faculty meetings (June 2017; November 2017)
  • Student 1:1 meetings every June with Program Director
  • Therefore, eliminated electives
  • 0% achieved

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

Person(s) Responsible:
Director, CSD Program

Resources Needed:
Interested students, faculty advisor

Measurable Outcomes:
Written input provided

Strategies for Evaluation and Assessment: Input results in observable changes that are reviewed by faculty & students

  • Annual student survey
  • Student 1:1 meetings every June with Program Director
  • Graduate student executive board member for NSSLHA (9/2017)
  • 100% achieved

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

Person(s) Responsible:
Chair, Director and faculty, CSD Program

Resources Needed:
Available time

Measurable Outcomes:
One or more new DL classes are offered

Strategies for Evaluation and Assessment:
Faculty and student course review

  • Not discussed, may be something to consider for next strategic plan
  • 0% achieved

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

Person(s) Responsible:
Chair, Director of CSD Program

Resources Needed:
Available time, adequate faculty for advising, space for classes, staff time

Measurable Outcomes:
Report generated, including potential number of students to be enrolled and budget

Strategies for Evaluation and Assessment:
Administrative feedback/decision

  • Supported students enrolling in the Iona College pre-requisite program prior to CSD graduate study (successfully worked with admissions and registrar)
  • 100% achieved

Action Step 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.

Person(s) Responsible:
Director and faculty, CSD Program

Resources Needed:
Available time, Faculty training (possibly consultant hired)

Measurable Outcomes:
One or more classes integrate case- or problem based learning

Strategies for Evaluation and Assessment:
Faculty and student feedback and curriculum review

  • Offered service learning opportunities (e.g., preschool phonological awareness program associated with CSD 603); offered clinical hours through an online platform (i.e, SimuCase); initiated a digital documentation system for the Clinic (i.e., Medicat).
  • 100% achieved