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:
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.
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.