MS in Speech-Language Pathology Strategic Plan

Mission Statement for the Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Department

The mission of the Speech/Language/Hearing Sciences Department is to impart knowledge about human communication and its disorders; to foster the necessary skills to practice speech language pathology competently; to extend the knowledge of human communication and its disorders to the general public; practicing professionals, and students; and to serve individuals affected by communication disorders in a diverse society.

Vision Statement for the Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Department

The Speech Language Hearing Sciences department at Minnesota State University Moorhead aims to be the premiere program in the field of human communication sciences and disorders in the region. We seek to transform outstanding students into speech-language pathologists who will competently and compassionately meet the needs of individuals with communication and swallowing disorders.

Program Objectives

Recruiting and retaining a diverse body of high-quality students to our undergraduate and graduate programs and supporting them throughout high-quality rigorous courses, clinical experiences and faculty-mentored research opportunities.

Meeting the regional workforce need for speech-language pathologists in school and medical settings.

Operating in a collegial student-focused environment where all students, faculty, clinical educators and staff are respected and valued for their unique strengths.

Employing and retaining high-quality faculty and clinical educators through provision of appropriate workloads, mentoring and infrastructure so they can excel in classroom and clinic instruction, research and service endeavors.

Fostering collaboration between the departments within our College of Education and Human Services, within MSUM, and with surrounding organizations in the region.

Serving the region through the MSUM Speech-Language & Hearing Clinic by providing state-of-the-art assessments, interventions, technologies and resources.

Functioning as a financially sustainable SLHS department to provide an extraordinary undergraduate and graduate education.

MSUM Strategic Anchor: Student Achievement

We will define the distinctive attributes of our academic experience, building on the strengths that differentiate MSUM regardless of a student’s academic major. We will also ensure that we offer the optimal mix of programs and delivery modes to achieve our enrollment goals and financial sustainability.

  • Long-term (2021-2026): Maintain state-of-the-art facilities and market technology-infused program
    • 21-22: Reconfigure/remodel facilities to meet the needs of the students and the department and meet HIPAA and FERPA regulations
    • 21-22: Calibrate all audiometric equipment and plan for updates as needed
    • 21-22: Update materials for clinic; develop a procedure for updating out of date assessments
  • Long-term (2021-2026): Successfully run the Regional Assistive Technology Center
    • 21-22: RATC will continue to collaborate with STAR with demonstrations and loans for assistive technology tools and supports for Minnesota residents.
    • 21-22: Create streamlined device loan process, patient intake, scheduling, billing and contract process.
    • 21-22: AAC/AT course offering with ASHA (On hold)
  • Long-term (2021-2026): Provide telepractice/teletherapy clinical services
    • 21-22: Maintain capabilities to use Telepractice teaching techniques and strategies to meet the needs of the students and clients when needed during the pandemic.
  • Long-term (2021-2026): Complete ongoing assessment of undergraduate curriculum and student achievement
    • 21-22 Submit University Program Review for undergraduate program
  • Long-term (2021-2026): Maintain accreditation to continue offering graduate program
    • 21-22: Submit annual report and be 100% compliant
  • Long-term (2021-2026): Continue to Improve retention rates of SLHS students
    • 21-22: Dept Chair will serve on the CEHS Retention and Recruitment committee
    • 21-22: Continue SLHS Learning Community
    • 21-22: Strive for SLHS LC students to participate in the same First Year Experience (FYE) class
    • 21-22: Continue 100% compliance with Early Alert Updates
    • 21-22: Continue SLHS Student Advisory Board (SAB)
    • 21-22: Continue effective, best practice advising
      • Group advising with cohorts via HyFlex
      • Assign one advisor for each cohort; learning community advisor teach FYE 101 course
      • Establish plans of study for all majors
      • Post-bacc/new transfer student orientation
      • Video clips for advising and registration;
      • The graduate coordinator continues to advise all graduate students.
      • Maintain high student outcomes on graduate program benchmarks.
      • D2L advising site for graduate program
      • Be a pilot program for new scheduling system for minnstate for undergrad
  • Long-term (2021-2026): Recruit and retain excellent students in SLHS and SLP programs
    • 21-22 Complete Augustana recruiting visit; University of Manitoba (PB)
    • 21-22 Hold Group Advising for Graduate School Applications for Juniors and Seniors
    • 21-22 Participate in Tri-college or Graduate Fair (PB)
    • 21-22 Facilitate shadowing / observation in SLHS Clinic for High school students
    • 21-22: Work with admissions by responding to prospective, admitted and accepted students following visits
    • 21-22: Chair will serve on the CEHS Retention and Recruitment committee
    • 21-22: Explore starting an AAC certificate for the grad program (hold)
    • 21-22: Explore Praxis II preparation options to help students
    • 21-22: Engage in best practices for recruiting undergraduate students
      • Participate in preview days
      • Give tours to prospective students
      • Provide welcome and/or follow-up videos/notes for prospective students
      • Work with Student Relations Coordinator for CEHS and transfer representative
    • 21-22: Intentionally celebrate student success to retain students, to highlight program and to celebrate faculty/staff success
      • Post successes on Dragon Digest and on website
      • Twitter for MSUM SLP
      • Explore UG social media
      • Recognize scholarship recipients on SLHS Wall of honor
      • Graduation reception/hooding
    • 21-22: Evaluate and revise graduate application process as needed
    • 21-22: Host UG & Graduate social
  • Long-term (2021-2026): Implement strategies to navigate current resources and meet needs of students for certification/accreditation
    • 21-22: Curriculum revisions
    • Graduate
      • Continue to collaborate between counseling department and SLP program when appropriate
      • Add two SLP 690 swallowing I & II to try out expanded content (add)
      • Ongoing assessment and refinement of simucase in curriculum
    • Undergraduate
      • Complete program review process.
      • Complete course/program revisions.
      • Explore clinical experience options for SLPA practicum 100 hours.
    • Clinic
      • Continue to explore way to add experiences and knowledge with school-based documentation. Partially met for Red Lake site.
      • Explore infusing more IEP examples into academic and clinic curriculum
      • All students will have a school placement for off-campus.
      • Explore additional placement options and others within the 90-mile radius. Continue.
      • Explore ideas for more exposure in these areas a need: hearing treatment, oral-peripheral exams, adult hours. swallowing, more intentional documentation
    • 21-22: Improve efficiency of clinic
      • Continue 446 as a course for undergraduate option.
      • Evaluate and plan for staffing changes.
    • 21-22: Continue Calipso for all clinical tracking of graduate students.
      • Training videos
      • Training during clinic orientation
      • Use in graduate audit conferences
    • 21-22: Continue VALT digital observation system for clinic
      • Training for all students and supervisors during orientation
      • Training videos
    • 21-22: Continue use of Fusion
      • Clinic orientation
      • Training videos
    • 21-22 Continue Expanded Orientation for graduate students – Continue
    • 21-22: Reach financial sustainability for clinic within the SLP program
      • Obtain financial information from administration
      • Review metrics, clinic budgets, clinic revenue and make changes given upcoming staffing changes
      • Financial committee meet qtrly to review the status of the clinic (chair, clinic director, ESC, and accounting technician)
      • Explore contracts with outside entities
    • 21-23: All clinical educators will complete two hours of clinical supervision (1/1/22)
  • Long-term (2021-2026): Assessment procedures are revised to appropriately assess programs
    • 21-22: Submit assessment data for undergrad and graduate program in October
    • 21-22: Meet SLOs for both undergrad and graduate assessment

MSUM Strategic Anchor: Diversity and Inclusion

We will continue to build our organizational capacity to achieve equitable educational outcomes for all students, recognizing that achieving equity will require changing our systems, policies, practices, assumptions, and campus climate.

  • Long-term (2021-2026): Support undergraduate students from underrepresented groups.
    • 21-22: meet with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Long-term (2021-2026): Develop, initiate, evaluate and revise study abroad programs for the SLHS/SLP programs
    • 21-22: Engage in collaborative study abroad opportunity with social work and counseling for SLHS/SLP students
  • Long-term (2021-2026): Bring American Sign Language and Deaf Culture courses back to MSUM.
    • 21-21: Continue to offer SLHS 301 fall as LASC 8
    • 21-22; Explore ways to offer Sign Language Courses with adjunct outside of our re-assigned time.
  • Long-term (2021-2026): Recruit graduate students from underrepresented groups.
    • 21-22: Intentionally offer financial assistance for at least one scholarship (Gregory Lof Endowed Scholarship) specifically for an underrepresented group
    • 21-22 Increase number of underrepresented groups and male graduate students (underrepresented in SLP field)
    • 21-22: Expand outreach recruiting for underrepresented (Dille Grant Project)
    • 21-22: Promote major to high schools in regions with high populations of underrepresented groups; work with admissions.
    • 21-22: Chair participate on CEHS Retention and Recruitment committee
  • Long-term (2021-2026): Build cultural competency through coursework and clinical experiences.
    • 21-22: Continue activities related to cultural competency development in undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Long-term (2021-2026): Continue to provide clinical services to a diverse clientele.
    • 21-22: Continue community screenings. (Head Start, Fraiser)
  • Long-term (2021-2026): Recruit faculty/staff from underrepresented group
    • 21-22: Explore hiring adjuncts, staff from underrepresented groups

MSUM Strategic Anchor: Community Development/Engagement

We will build community partnerships that strengthen and sustain our academic programs, enhance students’ educational experiences and meet important community needs.

Collaborate with professionals/organizations in our field or related fields outside of MSUM

  • Long-term (2021-2026): Strategically plan off-campus screenings for efficient and student needs; strategically plan service-learning opportunities based on resources and student needs.
    • 21-22: Provide service-learning activities for SLP 627 Bethany memory screenings.
    • 21-22: Continue speech, language and hearing screenings in the area
    • 21-22: Participate in the Cleft Palate clinic through the ND Department of Health.
    • 21-22: Continue service learning for SLHS 204 and SLP 682
  • Long-term (2021-2026): Foster relationships and collaborations with community organizations and members.
    • 21-22: Continue involvement with Community Advisory Board
    • 21-22: Work with ND DPI to provide scholarship and support employment in ND
    • 21-22: Collaborate with Sanford Health and providers for patients seeking transgender health services. Plan to streamline referrals and provider communication
    • 21-22: Continue to be site host for Moorhead local Chapter of the National Stuttering Association.
      • Host “Don’t tell me to slow down” Fun Walk on MSUM campus
    • 21-22: Foster continued strong relationship with FM Sertoma.
      • 21-22: Hold Audio Suite Naming Ceremony
      • 21-22: NSSLHA/Collegiate Sertoma Group volunteer with Holiday Lights and Signing Santa
  • Long-term (2021-2026): Collaborate with organizations outside of MSUM in order to provide opportunities for students and to serve the community/region
    • 21-22: Continue with STAR grant in order to connect RATC with MN residents for assistive technology needs.
    • 21-22: Assistive technology clinic with Essentia Detroit Lakes, MN; quarterly evaluations conducted.
    • 21-22: RATC will collaborate with the ALS Foundation to meet communication needs for ALS clients
    • 21-22: Collaboration with Essentia therapy center in Detroit Lakes for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
    • 21-22: Collaboration with the ND Department of Health to provide services at the regional Cleft Palate clinic five times an academic year
  • Long-term (2021-2026): Explore additional IPE/IPP opportunities for our students
    • 21-22: Continue the collaboration with U. of Mary’s Occupational Therapy dept and University of Jamestown’s Physical Therapy dept.
      • Continue IPE/IPP panel
    • 21-22: Continue to explore collaboration with Special Education on IEP training for students
    • 21-22: Use SimuCase to emphasize IPE/IPP experience in academic and clinical experiences.
  • Long-term (2021-2026): Share knowledge and skills with community professionals in the field and in related fields
    • 21-22: Invite local professionals in our fields and related fields to speak in SLHS courses. Met and Continue
    • 21-21: Provide consultation with current professionals related to areas of expertise
    • 21-22: Collaborate with UND for 2022 Spring Symposium (UND Host)
    • 21-22: Host CEHS Visiting Scholar Committee for Spring 22 presentation
      • Offer ASHA continuing education units through SLHS

Collaborate with students, and other faculty/staff and programs at MSUM

  • Long-term (2021-2026): Increase collaborations with other programs and departments to benefit students’ learning
    • 21-22: SLHS faculty/staff speak in classes in other programs.
    • 21-22: CEHS visiting scholar events coordination.
    • 22-22: Intercollegial Academic Service-Learning committee.
    • 21-22 Participate in CEHS Preview days and SOAR days
    • 21-22: Continue collaboration with Shirley Johnson CEHS, Special Education, for IPE Case Study activity within SLHS 343 Clinical Procedures and Special Educations Methods Class
    • 21-22: Faculty-mentored student research will be accepted at regional and national conferences
    • 21-22: Explore IPE course or opportunities with Special Education re: IEP training.
    • 21-22: Active participation in Student Academic conference: mentoring student research; volunteering at event; dept. involvement in planning committee and as liaison between SAC and Graduate Council
    • 21-22: Increase communication between our program; our student groups and FM Sertoma and Delta Zeta sorority as the four groups share some common missions. Met and Continue
    • 21-22 Collaboration with area graduate programs in OT and PT to provide interprofessional opportunities for our students.

Articulation agreements

  • Long-term (2021-2026): Increase the number of articulation agreements for our undergraduate program
    • Explore options with Mstate for students to transfer to SLHS UG.