MS in Speech-Language Pathology Strategic Plan

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 global society.


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 with 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 interventions, technologies and resources.

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

Retention/Recruitment (MSUM Priorities and CEHS goal)

MSUM Strategy 1: We will focus relentlessly on student achievement and students’ return on their investment.

MSUM Strategy 3: We will be indispensable to the social, cultural and economic advancement of Moorhead and the surrounding communities.

  • Long-term (2017-2021): Receive reaccreditation in 2019 to continue offering graduate program
    • 18-19: Obtain re-accreditation for graduate program
      • Two departmental retreats
      • Complete self-study
      • Complete re-accreditation report
      • Convert the fixed-term position to a probationary track position and search
      • Revamp Certification KASA
      • Formulate CAA Knowledge and Skills in Curriculum document
      • Update SLOS in several courses and for the program
      • New course in grad: SLP 675 Professional issues
      • Document evidence for all CAA sub-standards and prepare for the site visit in Fall 2019
  • o Long-term (2017-2021): Improve retention rates of SLHS students
    • 18-19: Continue SLHS Learning Community
    • 18-19: Continue SLHS Student Advisory Board (SAB)
    • 18-19: Continue effective advising practices
      • Group advising with cohorts
      • Assign one advisor for each cohort; freshmen advisor teach FYE 101 course
      • Establish plans of study for all majors
      • Post-bacc/new transfer student orientation
      • The graduate coordinator continues to advise all graduate students.
      • Maintain high student outcomes on graduate program benchmarks.
      • D2L advising site for graduate program
  • Long-term (2017-2021): Recruit and retain excellent students in SLHS and SLP programs
    • 18-19: Update handouts and order as needed
    • 18-19: Continue to work with Student Relations Coordinator for CEHS
    • 18-19: Continue to market iPad initiative and state of the art clinic
    • 18-19: Increase scholarships to retain undergraduate/graduate students and to recruit graduate students to meet the needs of the region
    • 18-19: Explore scholarship opportunities with MN Co-Ops in the region
    • 18-19: Recruit students of diversity by sharing information on scholarships for underrepresented students
    • 18-19: Recruit undergraduate
      • Participate in preview days
      • Give tours to prospective students
    • 18-19: Intentionally celebrate student success to retain students, to highlight program and to celebrate faculty/staff success
      • Post successes on Dragon Digest and on website
      • Explore new ways such as Twitter and the wall between Monnie and Rachel’s offices
      • Wall of honor
      • Graduation reception/hooding
    • 18-19: Evaluate and revise graduate application process as needed
    • 18-19: Host graduation receptions and hooding ceremony
  • Long-term (2017-2021): Implement strategies to navigate current resources
    • 18-19: Curriculum revisions
      • Graduate
        • Complete course/program revisions
        • Curriculum mapping in fall meeting
      • Undergraduate
        • Complete course/program revisions
    • 18-19: Improve efficiency of clinic
      • Continue 446 as a course for undergraduate option
      • ELL course for first year students’ experience; work with ELP program
      • Streamline the planning of off-campus placements and notifications
        • Separate clinical director and off-campus placement duties
      • Implement Calipso
        • Fall 2018 for on-campus 1st years
        • All supervisors Spring 2019
        • Calipso training for on-campus and off-campus educators along with students
    • 18-19: Reach financial sustainability for clinic within the SLP program
      • Reduce 646 credits on FAR
      • Change number of credits in the summer
        • 3 per student in summer and the remaining 17 credits through fall-spring 1st and 2nd year
      • Explore ideas such as the following:
        • Proposal of full-time clinical position
          • Explore funding for position
        • Reduce the number of faculty as clinical educators
        • Grouping of student clinicians and clients
        • Expand telepractice opportunities such as an additional school contract, expanding for fluency and the Speak Out program
        • Use Simucase
        • Change scheduling of Medicare clients beginning S19
        • Outside SLP contracting to use our clinic space and supervise our students
    • 18-19: Convert fixed-term position to probationary track
    • 18-19: All clinical educators will complete two hours of clinical supervision
    • 18-19: On-going training with Fusion (EMR)
  • Long-term (2017-2021): Successfully run the Regional Assistive Technology Center
    • 18-19: RATC will continue to collaborate with STAR with demonstrations and loans for assistive technology tools and supports for Minnesota residents.
    • 18-19: Quarterly trainings will be provided throughout the state of Minnesota to continue to update Minnesota residents of tools and supports that will increase access and communication opportunities. (August 16, 2018 conducted)
    • 18-19: Literacy group will continue Fall, Spring and Summer 2018-2019 semesters at the clinic supported by the Dille Grant. Tools will include, but are not limited to, web-based resources that may be used across settings and situations with all clients/students.
    • 18-19: On-going trainings will be provided to SLHS and SLP courses as requested by Instructors. Training will be provided to departments, such as School of Teaching and Learning for AT information related to reading, writing and math course work. RATC and the SLHS Department will offer ASHA CEUs for assistive technology training as determined by surveys conducted with public school and medical SLPs. The iPad initiative continues for all student clinicians to have access to an iPad to use for medical records access and therapy interventions.
    • 18-19: (RATC) and the Accessibility Center occur month with the Director and students who work at the Accessibility Center. The Accessibility Director and the RATC Facilitator are both on the University UDL Committee which meets monthly.
    • 18-19: The AT Clinic will continue with the collaboration of Regional Assistive Technology Center and Essentia Therapy Center in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The following dates have been tentatively set for quarterly clinics: Oct 19, 2018, Feb 8, 2019, April 26, 2019, and July 12, 2019.
    • 18.19 Collaboration with Sanford and the Huntington’s Clinic will begin 2019. The Regional Assistive Technology Center will serve at the assistive technology discipline at the Huntington’s Clinic which is held quarterly.
  • Long-term (2017-2021): Continue telepractice to schools in MN or ND
    • 18-19: Expand Telepractice teaching techniques and strategies related to communication assessments and interventions for school-age students. (Teaching techniques include demonstration of no-tech to high-tech educational tools/supports for paraprofessional, teachers and students.)
  • Long-term (2017-2021): Maintain state-of-the-art facilities
    • 18-19: Reconfigure/remodel facilities to meet the needs of the students and the department and meet HIPAA and FERPA regulations
      • Continue to work with the dean and building service manager to address needs in Murray
    • 18-19: Continue working with outside funding sources to phase in the purchase of a video monitoring system for clinic
  • Long-term (2017-2021): Assessment procedures are revised to appropriately assess programs
    • 18-19: Submit assessment data for undergrad program in October
    • 18-19: Set SLOs and designate courses for undergrad assessment for 2018-2019
    • 18-19: Review and revise SLOs for graduate program
    • 18-19: Meet SLOs for both undergrad and graduate assessment

International Experience

MSUM Strategy 2: We will create a campus community that is diverse, inclusive, globally aware, and just.

  • Long-term (2017-2021): Develop, initiate, evaluate and revise study abroad programs for the SLHS/SLP programs
    • 18-19: Participate in an interdepartmental study abroad opportunity to Greece for SLHS/SLP students
    • 18-19: Investigate new collaborative study abroad opportunity for SLHS/SLP students
  • Long-term (2017-2021): Recruit graduate students from underrepresented groups.
    • 18-19: Share information on scholarships for underrepresented students


MSUM Strategy 1: We will focus relentlessly on student achievement and students’ return on their investment.

MSUM Strategy 3: We will be indispensable to the social, cultural and economic advancement of Moorhead and the surrounding communities.

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

  • Long-term (2017-2021): Strategically plan off-campus screenings for efficient and student needs; strategically plan service learning opportunities based on resources and student needs.
    • 18-19: Provide service learning activities for memory screenings.
    • 18-19: Continue speech, language and hearing screenings in the area
    • 18-19: Participate in the Cleft Palate clinic through the ND Department of Health
    • 18-19: Student service-learning opportunity at CHARISM Neighborhood Center, a non-profit that provides support and outreach programs for at-risk children and families located in Fargo, North Dakota.
    • 18-19: SLP 627 Bethany service learning at the Memory care unit
    • 18-19: Mandatory service learning for SLHS 204 and 343
  • Long-term (2017-2021): Foster relationships and collaborations with community organizations and members.
    • 18-19: Continue involvement with Community Advisory Board
    • 18-19: Work with ND DPI to provide scholarship and support employment in ND
    • 18-19: Explore scholarship opportunity with MN school systems to meet SLP shortage
    • 18-19: Continue to be a local Chapter of the National Stuttering Association
    • 18-19: Plan community event to increase public awareness about stuttering with documentary screening at Fargo Theater
    • 18-19: Foster strong relationship with service organizations that have speech and hearing as part of their mission
    • 18-19: Foster continued strong relationship with FM Sertoma
  • Long-term (2017-2021): Collaborate with organizations outside of MSUM in order to provide opportunities for students and to serve the community/region
    • 18-19: Huntington’s Foundation and Sanford CTC Clinic, MSUM RATC collaboration to provide assistive technology supports
    • 18-19: Collaboration with MN Dept of Education for literacy program and services for literacy services conducted at the MSUM clinic
    • 18-19: Continue with STAR grant in order to connect RATC with MN residents for assistive technology needs
    • 18-19: Assistive technology clinic with Essential Detroit Lakes, MN; quarterly evaluations conducted
    • 18-19: RATC will collaborate with the ALS Foundation to meet communication needs for ALS clients
    • 18-19: Collaborate with Minnesota Department of Education and the Dilworth Glyndon Felton School District to provide Universal Design for Learning interventions along with data collection for reading comprehension and written language skills in the general educational classroom.
    • 18-19: Collaboration with Essentia therapy center in Detroit Lakes for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Long-term (2017-2021): Explore additional IPE/IPP opportunities for our students
    • 18-19: Collaborate with U. of Mary’s Occupational Therapy dept
    • 18-19: Collaborate with Special Education on IEP training for students
    • 18-19: IPE/IPP panel
  • Long-term (2017-2021): Share knowledge and skills with community professionals in the field and in related fields
    • 18-19: Invite local professionals in our fields and related fields to speak in SLHS courses.
    • 18-19: Provide consultation with current professionals related to areas of expertise.
    • 18-19: Plan for 2019 Spring Symposium
    • 18-19: Offer ASHA continuing education units through the partnership with Minnesota Department of Education for presentations and continuing education courses offered through the SLHS Department/MSUM Speech Language & Hearing Clinic.

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

  • Long-term (2017-2021): Increase collaborations with other programs and departments to benefit students’ learning
    • 18-19: “Faces of Autism” service learning project with Art Department
    • 18-19: SLHS faculty/staff speak in classes in other programs
    • 18-19: Eye-gaze research with Psychology dept
    • 18-19: CEHS visiting scholar events coordination
    • 18-19: Intercollegial Academic Service Learning committee
    • 18-19: Preview days and SOAR days
    • 18-19: FDC programming groups
    • 18-19: Collaborate with Shirley Johnson CEHS, Special Education, for IPE Case Study activity within SLHS 343 Clinical Procedures and Special Educations Methods Class
    • 18-19: Collaborative Study Abroad Trip to Greece with Psychology dept
    • 18-19: Collaborate with MSUM IT department, Sertoma and MSUM Alumni Foundation to raise funds for the digital recording system for the clinic.
    • 18-19: Faculty-mentored student research will be accepted at regional and national conferences
    • 18-19: IPE course or opportunities with Special Education re: IEP training

Articulation agreements

  • Long-term (2017-2021): Increase the number of articulation agreements for our undergraduate program
    • 18-19: Explore if an agreement with Alex Tech SLP assistant program to allow our four-year B.S. students complete a certificate program at Alex Tech is needed. Designed for those students who decide against graduate school and/or for those who are not accepted into graduate school
    • 18-19: Investigate other agreements such as with MState’s ASL program.

Executive Summary

Mission & Vision for MSU Moorhead

Mission for College of Education & Human Services