MS in Speech-Language Pathology Executive Summary
The following is the executive summary of the 2017-2021 strategic plan for the Minnesota State University Moorhead Speech Language Hearing Sciences department, which includes the accredited Speech-Language Pathology Masters of Science graduate program and the Speech Language Hearing Sciences Bachelors of Science undergraduate program. Following a self-study process over the last several months, the program developed annual objectives and revised long-term goals to achieve the following:
- Align with the university’s strategic priorities,
- Meet the mission and vision of the department, and thus,
- Continue to meet the standards of the Council for Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for the accredited Master of Science degree education program in speech-language pathology
Summary of the Long-Term Goals
Two strategies of the university are to focus on student achievement/students’ return on their investment and to be indispensable to the region. These priorities align with the mission and vision of the department to recruit and retain high quality students, to provide high quality rigorous courses, clinical experiences and faculty-mentored research opportunities. Also, the program’s mission, vision and program objectives are to meet the regional workforce needs of the area and to serve the region through the MSUM Speech-Language & Hearing Clinic by providing state-of-the-art interventions, technologies and resources.
Several long-term goals focus on these areas.
- One of the program’s goals is to receive reaccreditation in 2019 in order to continue to offer this in-demand graduate program, thus to meet the workforce needs of the region. Some of the objectives for this goal include completing the self-study and report with the new accreditation standards, reviewing and revising curriculum to meet these accreditation standards, improving the efficient of clinical education and obtaining appropriate staffing to provide the curriculum.
- Another goal is to recruit and retain high quality students in the SLHS and SLP programs by offering them a state-of-the-art education in academic and clinical settings (on- and off-campus). Some objectives related to this goal include successfully running the Regional Assistive Technology Center, fundraising for a new video monitoring system for the clinic and exploring new scholarship opportunities for graduate students.
Long-term goals related to partnerships and collaborations also align with the university’s priorities of focusing on student achievement and being indispensable to the region. These goals focus on strategically planning the opportunities for students to be active in the community and to collaborate with students and professionals in related professions. There are also goals to collaborate with other departments at MSUM to benefit students’ learning. A program objective also looks to foster collaboration within the university and the college along with the surrounding organizations in the region. This aligns with accreditation standards involving Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Interprofessional Practice (IPP). An annual goal looks to explore additional IPE/IPP opportunities for our students.
The third strategy of the university is to create a campus community that is diverse, inclusive, globally aware and just. One long-term goal for the program is to continue to develop and offer interdepartmental study abroad programs for SLHS undergraduate and SLP graduate students. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the goal is to participate in the planned study abroad trip to Greece offered to SLHS/SLP and Psychology students. This aligns with our mission of serving individuals affected by communication disorders in a global society and with our vision of collaborating between departments in our college.