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Mission and Strategic Plan

The mission of the Communication Disorders Graduate Program is to educate students to become competent speech-language pathologists, audiologists, teachers, and/or researchers who are committed to scientific inquiry and lifelong learning, to add to the knowledge base of the discipline, to provide public service to enhance the lives and dignity of individuals with communication disorders, and to embrace diversity.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders respects and abides by the University of Cincinnati policy on Affirmative Action.

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders 
Strategic Plan (Revised August, 2012)

Goal 1:        Enhance Research and Creativity

Strategy 1:  Maintain support for faculty time to engage in scholarship and research 
Strategy 2:  Enhance website support for documentation of scholarship and research 
Strategy 3:  Maintain and enhance collaborative relationships within and across the college & department. 
Strategy 4:  Maintain and enhance a culture of excellence among students and faculty. 
Strategy 5:  Review status of research and scholarship support at regular intervals. 
Strategy 6:  Increase access to research support services, including statistical consultation. 
Strategy 7:  Provide faculty with research time and support to write grant proposals. 
Strategy 8:  Set clear expectations for faculty research productivity and dissemination.
Strategy 9:  Set clear expectations for PhD student research experience and dissemination.
Strategy 10:  Increase the number of PhD students taking positions in academia and research.
Strategy 11:  Increase number of research grant applications and student funding applications.

Goal 2:  Improve Student Recruitment Process

Strategy 1: Identify and recruit diversity in graduate applicants. 
Strategy 2: Enhance quality and diversity of program recruitment materials 
Strategy 3: Establish annual updates and funds for department recruitment plans for student recruitment efforts.
Strategy 4:  Enhance CSD website.
Strategy 5:  Maintain undergraduate enrollment.
Strategy 6:  Increase amount of funding available for scholarships and stipends awarded to MA/SLP and AUD students through development and fundraising. 
Strategy 7:  Increase student funding through faculty grants.
Strategy 8:  Encourage and support external applications for funding by PhD, AuD and MA students.

Goal 3: Strengthen Teaching and Learning

Strategy 1:  Maintain/expand support for faculty participation in continuing education activities.
Strategy 2:  Provide travel funds for faculty to participate in continuing education activities. 
Strategy 3:  Develop writing lab options across the curriculum to support students writing skills.
Strategy 4:  Enhance student understanding and appropriate use of current resources in classrooms, labs, and clinical settings. 
Strategy 5:  Explore the possibility of offering a clinical doctorate in speech language pathology.
Strategy 6:  Offer multiple opportunities for students to bridge the gap between classroom evidence-based practice and clinical application in the profession. 
Strategy 7:  Infuse diversity and inclusion information throughout the curriculum. 
Strategy 8:  Develop alternative approaches of instruction to meet the needs of distance learners. 
Strategy 9:  Increase number of applications for UC faculty development grants.

 Goal 4:  Provide Active Learning and Teaching Experiences

Strategy 1:  Support opportunities for students to volunteer on campus and in the Greater Cincinnati community. 
Strategy 2:  Create service-learning options. 
Strategy 3:  Encourage students to participate in international service-learning programs. 
Strategy 4:  Encourage faculty to participate in international service-learning programs. 
Strategy 5:  Engage students in innovative laboratory activities associated with coursework.
Strategy 7:  Develop global experiences for students.
Strategy 8:  Sponsor international conferences in Cincinnati

 Goal 5:  Enhance Clinical Culture

Strategy 1:  Maintain and enhance relationships with educational institutions.
Strategy 2:  Maintain and enhance relationships with medical institutions.
Strategy 3:  Expand service delivery options in our Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic.
Strategy 4:  Review clinical instruction and supervision at regular intervals. 
Strategy 5: Provide experiences for students to explore and discuss delivery of services to culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

 Goal 6:  Establish Sense of Place

Strategy 1:  Develop an inviting, sustainable college/department setting.  
Strategy 2:  Advocate for a safe and secure campus environment.
Strategy 3:  Reconfigure and maximize current space as needed. 
Strategy 4:  Advocate for reconfiguration of existing space for improved acoustic and environmental health and safety.

CSD student Matthew Kist in French East Hall

Contact Us

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
3202 Eden Avenue
P.O. Box 670379
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0379
Phone: 513-558-8502
Fax:  513-558-8500
Email: csd@uc.edu

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