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 supervisors and staff are respected and valued for their unique strengths.

    Employing and retaining high-quality faculty and clinical supervisors 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, with MSUM, and with surrounding organizations in the region.

    Serving the region through the MSUM Speech-Language & Hearing Clinic as the speech and language clinic of choice.

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

    International Experience

    MSUM Priority 4: Create a campus community that reflects the diversity of the global community

    • Long-term (2017-2021): Develop, initiate, evaluate and revise study abroad programs for the SLHS/SLP programs
      • 17-18: Submit interdepartmental study abroad opportunity for SLHS/SLP students


    MSUM Priority 1: Partner with industry and civic leaders to meet workforce and community needs

    MSUM Priority 2: Provide real-world opportunities for students to apply learning

    MSUM Priority 3: Connect students, faculty, and staff in meaningful relationships with one another and the community

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

    • Long-term (2017-2021): Expand and increase number of service learning opportunities for students; increase number of screenings for the community.
      • 17-18: Provide service learning activities for memory screenings.
      • 17-18: Expanding number of locations for speech, language and hearing screenings.
      • 17-18: Alaryngeal speech in-service at MSUM Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic
      • 17-18: Cleft Palate clinic through the ND Department of Health
      • 17-18: 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.
      • 17-18: SLP 627 Bethany service learning at the Memory care unit
      • 17-18: Sanford in-service for laryngoscopy
      • 17-18: mandatory service learning for SLHS 204 and 343
    • Long-term (2017-2021): Foster relationships and collaborations with community organizations and members.
      • 17-18: Continue involvement with Community Advisory Board
      • 17-18: Continue to be a local Chapter of the National Stuttering Association
      • 17-18: Foster strong relationship with service organizations that have speech and hearing as part of their mission
      • 17-18: Foster continued strong relationship with FM Sertoma
    • Long-term (2017-2021): Share knowledge and skills with community professionals in the field and in related fields
      • 17-18: 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.
      • 17-18: Faces of Autism
      • 17-18: Collaboration with Essentia therapy center in Detroit Lakes for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
      • 17-18: Invite local professionals in our fields and related fields to speak in SLHS courses.
      • 17-18: Provide consultation with current professionals related to areas of expertise.
      • 17-18: Continue to serve as identified specialist in areas of expertise.
      • 17-18: Plan for 2019 Spring Symposium
      • 17-18: 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.
      • 17-18: IPE/IPP panel

    Collaborate with other faculty/staff and programs at MSUM

    • Long-term (2017-2021): Increase collaborations with other programs and departments to benefit students’ learning
      • 17-18: “Faces of Autism” service learning project with Art Department
      • 17-18: SLHS faculty/staff speak in classes in other programs
      • 17-18: Eye-gaze research with Psychology dept
      • 17-18: CEHS visiting scholar events coordination
      • 17-18: Intercollegial Academic Service Learning committee
      • 17-18: Preview days and NSO days
      • 17-18: FDC programming groups
      • 17-18: collaboration with other programs re: affiliation agreement contracts

    Articulation agreements

    • o Long-term (2017-2021): Increase the number of articulation agreements for our undergraduate program
      • 17-18: 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
      • 17-18: Investigate other agreements such as with MState’s ASL program.

    Retention/Recruitment (MSUM Priorities and CEHS goal)

    MSUM Priority 5: Attain excellence in our programs and services

    MSUM Priority 3: Connect students, faculty, and staff in meaningful relationships with one another and the community

    • Long-term (2017-2021): Receive reaccreditation in 2019 to continue offering graduate program; encourages retention of undergraduates with an in-house master’s program is available
      • 17-18: Maintain accreditation for graduate program
        • Complete annual report
        • Complete self-study
        • Convert the fixed-term position to a probationary track position and search
        • Search for Ph.D. faculty due to retirement
        • Obtain student affiliation agreement with all current practicum/internship sites
        • Increase the number of practicum and internship sites
        • Begin to prepare for next accreditation site visit
        • Updating KASA document
    • Long-term (2017-2021): Improve retention rates of SLHS students
      • 17-18: Continue SLHS Learning Community
      • 17-18: Continue SLHS Student Advisory Board (SAB)
      • 17-18: Continue effective advising practices
        • Group advising with cohorts
        • Assign one advisor for each cohort
        • 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 sites for graduate and undergraduate
    • Long-term (2017-2021): recruit and retain excellent students in SLHS and SLP programs
      • 17-18: Market iPad initiative and state of the art clinic to potential students
      • 17-18: Increase scholarships to retain undergraduate/graduate students and to recruit graduate students
      • 17-18: Recruit undergraduate
        • Participate in preview days
        • Attend local college fairs at high schools in the region
      • 17-18:Intentionally celebrate student success to retain students
        • Post on Dragon Digest, on SLHS website, on bulletin board in Murray, on SLHS Facebook page
        • Wall of honor
        • Graduation reception/hooding
        • NSSLHA selfie-board in Murray
      • 17-18: Evaluate and revise graduate application process as needed
      • 17-18: graduation receptions and hooding ceremony
    • Long-term (2017-2021): Revise curriculum to meet accreditation standards and obtain appropriate staffing to provide the curriculum
      • 17-18: Curriculum revisions
        • Graduate
          • Assessment of front-end loading classes/back-end clinic
          • Complete course/program revisions
        • Undergraduate
          • Complete course/program revisions
          • Curriculum review


    • Long-term (2017-2021): promote success of faculty/staff/students in SLHS department
      • 17-18: Monnie will facilitate collection of and reporting through Dragon Digest
      • 17-18: Mary will collect via announcements during dept meetings
    • Long-term (2017-2021): Reconfigure/remodel facilities to meet the needs of the students and the department and meet HIPAA and FERPA regulations
      • 17-18: Continue to work with the dean and Jeff Goebel to address needs in Murray
    • Long-term (2017-2021): Continue telepractice to schools in MN and ND
      • 17-18: 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): Assessment procedures are revised to appropriately assess programs
      • 17-18: Submit assessment data for undergrad programs
      • 17-18: Set SLOs and designate courses for undergrad assessment
      • 17-18: Review and revise SLOs for graduate program
      • 17-18: Clinic Project committee continued; reporting
    • Long-term (2017-2021): Successfully run the Regional Assistive Technology Center
      • 17-18: Achieve quarterly goals for STAR demonstration and short term loans for Minnesota residents with AT needs.
      • 17-18: Demonstrate Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology tools that may be loaned from the Regional Assistive Technology Center via the RATC website, in local presentations, at State and Regional conferences.
      • 17-18: Provide a 2018 summer literacy program that supports reading comprehension and written language for elementary students using accessibility tools and assistive technology based on individual's learning preferences and educational needs.
      • 17-18: Offer student clinicians accessibility and AT hands-on training opportunities based on client's communication needs throughout the semester, in-person and electronically.
      • 17-18: Participate in collaboration with MSUM's Accessibility Services creating awareness of educational resources that are available to post secondary students. (A website has been created to list accessibility resources and options that are available for students through the University or may be considered for personal purchase).
      • 17-18: Collaborate with Essentia Therapies Center ( SLP, OT, PT) in Detroit Lakes on a quarterly basis offering assessments for individuals (pediatric and adult) with assistive technology needs.

    Executive Summary

    Mission & Vision for MSU Moorhead

    Mission for College of Education & Human Services